A local sixth grader recently finished second at California Spelling Bee Elementary School. Landon Burke spoke with Rishabh Saha about his journey.
I land at: My first question is for you, Rishabh. Tell me a few words about how the state spelling went.
Rishabh: I think it went very well for me personally, if you ask. I was anxious, but, you know, it worked in the end, and I just went and talked to my dad, and my dad said, “Calm down, there’s nothing wrong with that if you get the wrong word and then go out …” and then I got the second word wrong, but yes, for me personally, I feel like I did the best I could.
I land at: It’s wonderful. I’m glad you feel that way. It’s nice, too, that your dad was able to say, ‘Well, relax, you know, trust your instincts. Do not psychologize yourself “. How important was your parents in helping you prepare for spelling?
Rishabh: Very helpful – especially my father. My mom was also supportive. I mean, my dad helped me practice my spelling when I learned new ones. Everything I needed was there to help me.
I land at: How exactly do you prepare for a spelling? I mean, I’m sure this is a common question. But how, how do you practice?
Rishabh: So for me personally, I’m sure there are other ways to do it. But I have this list of words that school gave me. And so, whatever we do, me and my dad, my dad would give me a word to spell. I had a Google document open, I would just type the word and then spell it out. And then he told me if I was right or wrong, if I was wrong, I would mark it and look at it later.
Jill Settera (Director of Burbank Elementary): I can not remember the last time in the Merced City School District we had a student who went to the state, at least not from Burbank. So Rishabh represented Burbank very well. Rishabh is a member of our GATE Program for Talented and Talented Students and excels in many areas. We were so proud of him for representing, and you know, he got the city orthography, the county orthography and then the state, so we’re very proud of him.
I land at: Is there anything you want to add? You know, maybe for students who saw how well he did they wanted to give it themselves?
Daughter: Every student in the upper grades has the right to participate in spelling. We provide a list of words. Anyone can practice the words. According to Rishabh, he did not really know what his first year was going to be like, and he just tried it and then he started learning strategies for preparing for spelling and then he kept doing it. It is open to any upper class student at Burbank or Merced City School District. They can practice with other students who participated in city or county spelling. Rishabh will go to high school next year, but it will be a great advantage for all high school students who are also interested in spelling.
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