State spelling champ from Wesleyan School in Gwinnett: The essence of his win: quiddity

 Nicholas Poulos from the Wesleyan School got both "quiddity" and "fibrinogen" right to become state spelling bee champ Friday. (AJC/Johnny Crawford)

Nicholas Poulos from the Wesleyan School got both "quiddity" and "fibrinogen" right to become state spelling bee champ Friday. (AJC/Johnny Crawford)

From the Georgia Association of Educators:

Close to 250 words and 26 rounds. That’s how long it took 13-year-old Nicholas Poulos from The Wesleyan School in Gwinnett County to best the 19 other competitors and go on to become the winner of the 52nd Annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee. He will now represent Georgia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Championships in Washington, D.C., May 28-30.

It was in the 25th round that the field was narrowed down to Nicholas and 12-year-old Rohan Ramdeholl from North Gwinnett Middle School. Nicolas and Rohan both missed the words “fuguist” and “epaxial.” Rohan was then given “quiddity” but spelled it with one “d.” Nicholas spelled it correctly and was given the word “fibrinogen” which he spelled correctly to become state champion. Rounds 20 and up proved to be the ones that begin weeding out the contestants with words such as sociologese, coadjutor, and illusoriness.

Nicholas didn’t hide his enthusiasm. “I’m very excited to be going to Washington [D.C.] to Scripps,” he said. “I am going to prepare the very best I can with a lot more studying. I’m going to study every possible word list I can get my hands on because I know the Scripps words will be difficult.”

Should Nicholas, for any reason, be unable to represent Georgia at the nationals, Rohan would take his place.

“I can’t say enough about what these young people have accomplished,” said GAE President Calvine Rollins. “Everyone associated with their efforts should be very proud and on behalf of GAE I congratulate each and every one of them. And our thoughts and prayers are with Nicholas and his family as they travel to Washington to represent Georgia and hopefully bring back the national championship.”

In addition to his first place trophy and an all expense paid trip to the national championship and $1,000 (GAE), Nicholas also will have a choice of either an Amazon Kindle Fire or Ipad Mini and a $100 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies), a dictionary (Merriam-Webster), a one-year online subscription (Encyclopaedia Britannica), and one $100 U.S. Savings Bond (Samuel L. Sugarman Award). Rohan, as runner-up, took home a second place trophy and $500 (GAE), and also has a choice of either an Amazon Kindle Fire or Ipad Mini along with a $50 Amazon gift card (Horace Mann Insurance Companies), and a dictionary (Merriam-Webster). All contestants received $25, a certificate of participation, and a GAE State Bee lapel pin.

Order of elimination-County/word/Round:

Davia Allen – Early Reckless 1

John Roberts – Dodge Diorama 1

Lua Adwet Samandari – Decatur City Analyst 3

Theron Camp – Clarke Router 3

Junus Searcy – Bibb Cogent 4

Hannah Creighton – Tattnall Nuptials 4

Pooja Prabakaran – Muscogee Frontiersman 4

Maddie Moore – Paulding Vulgar 4

Tyler Queen – Gilmer Exhalation 4

Kathleen Mabutin – Henry Deprecatory 5

Apurva Routhu – Woodward Academy Risible 5

Jett Kiminas – Colquitt Automaton 6

Jules McNeice – Cobb Cheka 15

Aanya Sawhney – Cobb Keeshond 17

Uche Chuwukere – Chatham Jejunely 18

Jazz Duncan – Rockdale Illusoriness 19

Karl Patram – Gwinnett Coadjutor 19

John Knauss – Rome City Sociologese 22

Rohan Ramdeholl – Gwinnett Epaxial 26

Champion Nicholas Poulos – Wesleyan School – Fibrinogen 27

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

6 comments Add your comment

Private Citizen

March 16th, 2013
9:51 am

I love teaching. I hate what it is becoming...

March 16th, 2013
11:04 am

Congratulations to all the participants, and a special shout out to young Poulos. Way to go!


March 17th, 2013
8:13 am

Thank you for telling us what words were missed just before the winning word. My husband went to the national spelling bee in the mid 70’s. He has always been irked that the media has never understood the the hardest word and most important word is the one that is spelled incorrectly just before the final “winning” word. Now I can direct him to this blog to see what those critical words were.

Pride and Joy

March 17th, 2013
7:45 pm

Without a doubt, this young man is adorable. I will make a point to root for him and watch the National Scripps Bee. Get Schooled, please throw up a post on your blog to remind us all to watch May 28-30.
Congrats, Nicholas. You are a testament to what studying and hard work and good parenting can do.

rural juror

March 17th, 2013
9:00 pm

Good job Champ!

Doyle Brunson

March 21st, 2013
1:29 pm

Nick will also be representing the state of Georgia in Washington this spring at the National Science Bowl. A terrific feat for a great kid. Way to go!