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She Got Much Farther Than Me!

Metro Detroit Scripps Spelling Bee winner Nithya Vijayakumar, of Canton, got as far as the 7th round in the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 30-31 in Washington, D.C. The 13-year-old Detroit Country Day Middle School student decided to skip a sightseeing tour in the nation's capital to study as many as a half-million words. She was one of 13 Michigan contestants and one of just 38 private-school students across the country to compete.