The Roddickton native won the provincial Telegram Spelling Bee in February, which earned her a berth in the prestigious competition in the U.S.
Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday.
In doing so, the 14-year-old on Thursday night emerged the top speller from a record-shattering 515 contestants at the national bee, compared with 291 last year, after organizers expanded eligibility with a new wild-card programme, reports The Washington Post. Contrast that to Nemmani's victory that was reported with regular headlines, such as this one in CNN: "Texas teen wins National Spelling Bee". And several had appeared at the national bee in previous years.
Naysa, a crowd favorite and four-time Scripps participant who does taekwondo and performs stand-up comedy, will have to regroup after a bitter defeat and try again next year.
"A lot of people wanted to interview us, but that didn't really put any pressure on me", Atman said.
The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Jackson Memorial Middle School correctly spelled gradus (a dictionary of Greek or Latin phrases used as an aid in the writing of verse), chaudfroid (a type of jellied sauce) and cantal (a hard cheddar type cheese) in the earlier final rounds.
The victor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee seized an opportunity that didn't exist before this year. "It was a dream come true".
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The third through sixth places went to Abhijay Kodali, Jashun Paluru, Navneeth Murali and Sravanth Malla. "That's one speller I know who's better than I am".
A second New Jersey student, Navneeth Murali of Edison, made it to the finals and landed in fifth place after misspelling the word "gelinotte", which is a European woodland grouse.
"She was just as graceful as she could be", bee program manager Corrie Loeffler said.
Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, types her word in the air during the evening finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Karthik, for his part, took no pleasure in vanquishing a familiar foe.
"I wouldn't say it was revenge", he said.