Hi! I am Dev Jaiswal. I tied for fourth place in the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Hi everyone! My name is Dev Jaiswal and I am a current sophomore. I began participating in spelling bees in the fourth grade. I qualified for the National Spelling Bee for the first time as a fifth-grader in 2012, placing 51st. I got second in the state bee in 2013, therefore not qualifying for the National Spelling Bee that year. I worked hard my seventh grade year, but I got out in the state bee again. Afterwards, without the help of any coach, I began to study extremely hard for my 8th grade year, my last year of eligibility. I won the state bee in 2015 and was so happy that I had made it back to Nationals. Bee Week was full of meeting old friends from 2012, making new friends, and plenty of surprises. I got a perfect score on the Preliminaries Test and had the highest overall test score going into the finals. I ended up tying for fourth place, a rank that completely took me and my family by surprise. My hard work paid off in more ways than I could have imagined. The spelling bee is a truly worthwhile endeavor that has impacted my life immensely. Best of luck to you as you prepare for your own spelling bee journey!