LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville native has spelled her way to number one as she took home the crown in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Spelling Bee.
Ten-year-old Tara Singh, a Louisville Classical Academy Student, correctly spelled “eponym,” (a person) giving their name to something.
She including 61 other students from Kentucky and Southern Indiana participated in the event at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater. They went through 5 rounds, 158 words and a championship round.
Singh is no stranger to the spelling bee circuit. She competed and won last year’s WHAS11 Regional Bee and moved on to compete in the preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Singh placed 50th in that competition.
This was the third year in a row she competed in the Kentucky Derby Festival’s event. Singh was the runner up last year and competed in 2014.
“The words were hard and I was nervous,” she said. “I did not expect to win this year. It’s really an honor to compete with everyone.”
Singh will take home prizes including the John and Joan Murphy Scholarship Fund, a $10,000 saving bond at maturity from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation which is the Derby Festival’s charitable arm. She will also have the opportunity to ride the Winner’s Float in this year’s Pegasus Parade.
Other winners include:
Amber Voightschild – Lawrence County, Indiana (Runner-up)
Connor Wade – Pulaski County (3rd Place)
Maia Kuehne-Seeber – Louisville (4th Place)
Charley Miller – Spencer County (5th Place)
The Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.
The next WHAS11 Regional Bee will be held on March 13 at Spalding University.