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Hamsini Janga: Reigning Spelling Bee Champion and Go-To-Speller

 Since securing victory at the district spelling bee for three consecutive years, Hamsini Janga has become the go-to speller among her friends at Benjamin Harrison School 2. 

With her unmatched prowess in spelling, she has earned the admiration and trust of her peers, who frequently seek her assistance when confronted with challenging words. This recognition underscores the 12-year-old’s dedication to mastering her craft.

“Every time someone needs a word spelled, they come running to me,” said Janga, who is preparing for the upcoming regional contest on March 17 at IU-Indianapolis.

“Before the IPS spelling bee, I was practicing for about 30 minutes to an hour,” she said. “After taking a break, I am back at it.”

Competing against 45 participants from 18 schools, Janga showcased her exceptional spelling skills, securing her title as the three-time winner of the IPS Spelling Bee last month at the Arsenal Technical High School auditorium.

With the support of the IPS Foundation, the sponsor for the IPS spelling bee, and her unwavering determination, Janga aims to excel on the regional stage. 

Janga’s journey exemplifies the power of perseverance and the transformative impact of passion and hard work, inspiring students across Marion County to pursue their dreams with dedication and enthusiasm, said Kathleen Rauth, the media specialist at Benjamin Harrison.

“Hamsini is a wonderful student who devours books,” Rauth said. “She was a member of the winning team of our first all-CFI Battle of the Books competition two years ago.  She actively seeks out books that connect to her culture and community. She understands the transformative power of a well-written narrative. 

“She works diligently to understand and grow as a learner in every content area. She is a model human being and student who has a fabulous future ahead of her  in medicine and life.”

Janga will join students across Marion County to vie for a chance to advance to the prestigious 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, slated to occur during the week of Memorial Day at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.