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What is Spellathon?

Spellathon is a spelling challenge in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. Preparing for Spellathon helps students understand words more deeply as they learn definitions, language of origin or etymology, usage in a sentence, along with the spelling of words.

Spellathon is conducted annually by WishWin in collaboration with NSM Gurucool.

Spellathon FAQs

Spellathon consists of 2 levels

  • Junior Spellathon : Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4
  • Senior Spellathon: Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8

Our competitions are meant to promote academic excellence and recognize students for their talent and hard work. During our competitions, there will be pictures and videos taken which may be posted on our website. Students who wish to participate in our competitions will have to turn in a photo / video release consent form at the time of onsite check-in on the day of the competition.

The students are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the exam for onsite check-in, seating of students, and explanation of rules.

You may either bring a printed or mobile copy of the registration ticket. During onsite check-in, photo / video consent form has to be submitted, which is a prerequisite to participate in the competition.

  • Deep understanding of words
  • Usage of words in sentences
  • Definition of words
  • Origin of words
  • Gain self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Ability to take center stage and spell words based on information provided
  • Help in being more organized and disciplined as they study and practice regularly
  • The registered students will receive word lists.
  • The word lists will be in accordance to the category levels of the students.
  • The word lists consist of a mix of easy, moderate, and challenging words.
  • The students are expected to study the words and look up and understand the definition of the words.
  • It would be good for students to proactively study sentence formation for the words to help them in comprehension.

Spellathon will consist of oral rounds. There will be no written exam.

The oral rounds will consist of words from the sample word lists and other sources.

Following are some sources that may be used for preparation.

  • Study lists circulated to the students upon registration.
  • School study lists.
  • Word of the day and new words from the following sources: (,,,
  • Merriam-Webster Unabridged, available at

Merriam-Webster Unabridged is the final authority and sole source for the spelling of words. It is built on the solid foundation of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged and is the best source of current information about the English language.

Parents are welcome to watch the students as they participate in the oral rounds of Spellathon. Parental interruption in any form during the competition is not acceptable and based on discretion of WishWin team, the contestant can face disqualification.

A contestant has the right to appeal and request for a review of the judge's decision before the start of the next round of Spellathon. Parents are not allowed to approach judges directly. Parents can submit a written appeal to a volunteer who will then refer the matter to the judges at the end of that round. In any appeal, decision of the judges is final.

Soon after the oral rounds, the winners will be announced and awards and certificates will be distributed during the award ceremony.

The champion of Spellathon of a particular category cannot participate in the same category again, however, the student can participate in the higher-level categories. For example, the champion of Junior Spellathon cannot participate in the Junior Spellathon again, but can participate in the senior category. Also, a student who has participated in the senior category, is not eligible to participate in the junior category of Spellathon.

Spellathon Rules, Guidelines and Study Sources

  • Upon arrival, the spellers will draw for his/her speller number randomly.
  • Rules will be read to spellers before the competition begins, but it is highly recommended that spellers look over the rules prior to the contest date.
  • The Spellathon consists of oral rounds only. There will be no written round.
  • During the first round, every speller should say his/her name, speller number and grade for the judges' record.
  • Each speller will step up to the microphone, spell the word and return to his/her seat during the rounds.
  • Once the letters are spelled, the speller can restart his/her spelling after informing the judges, but he/she may not change the order of the letters already spelled.
  • If the speller correctly spells the word, he/she remains in the competition and returns to his/her seat.
  • If the speller does not spell the word correctly, he/she will return the number card to his/her respective seat and return to the audience.
  • Each speller remaining at the start of a round spells one word in each round.
  • The speller can ask questions related to the word as per the guidelines provided.
  • A speller should say the word before and after spelling the word as this helps the judges, but a speller will not be disqualified for failing to do so.
  • The competition will start with the study lists of words provided and move out of the lists as needed.
  • At any time, we are entitled to use lists outside of the study material to determine the winners.
  • Championship Rounds: In order to win the bee, a speller must spell a word correctly in a round in which every other speller misspells, and then spell another word (championship word) correctly.
  • In case the speller misses the championship word, the spellers from the previous round return to the competition and the rounds will progress as before.
  • The top three winners in each category (senior & junior) will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies respectively.
  • All other children will be recognized with a participation trophy.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • Participants are requested to learn the pronunciations, definitions and other details of the words while studying them.
  • Some words have alternate pronunciations. It is good to know all pronunciations of the word while preparing for the competition.
  • Participants are encouraged to take time, think and spell the word.
  • If the word has a homonym, the pronouncer will provide the relevant information.
  • The speller may ask for the following details about the word:
    • Definition
    • Use in a sentence
    • Language of origin
    • Part of speech
    • Alternate pronunciation

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Word lists


Junior Spellathon Partcipants list

Sl. No. First Name Last name Grade
1 Aara Naik 2
2 Aarav Munjal 2
3 Aaron Sharma 1
4 Aarushi Mahapatra 4
5 Aditya Kalisetty 1
6 Advaiya Lad 4
7 Agrim Vishnoi 4
8 Akshaj Gundal 2
9 Amulya Vavilapalli 2
10 Ananya Kala 2
11 Anikait Takkar 2
12 Anna Chathampadathil 3
13 Aryan Bachu 4
14 Aryan Joshi 3
15 Ashwin Nadar 2
16 Hemanth Golla 3
17 Ivanka Singh 3
18 Karthik Sukumaran 3
19 Kavin Sharma 3
20 Mananya Gupta 4
21 Maya Sharma 3
22 Mohul Vairavan 2
23 Naina Takkar 1
24 Nidhi Vijayaraghavan 2
25 Nikhil Verma 3
26 Nivrithi Atluri 2
27 Nyasa Makam 2
28 Panav Sud 3
29 Rohan Jain 1
30 Sahana Iyer 3
31 Samritha Lakshmikanthan 3
32 Satvika Upperla 2
33 Shivaathmika Jayapal 1
34 Tanusha Duggu 4
35 Twesha Singh 2
36 VarunAditya Devireddy 2
37 Vikas Krishna 4
38 Vishwas Vijayendra Rao 1
39 Vivinsha Veduru 1
40 Yashas Chandra Sai Nallabothula 2
41 Tanish Misra 4

Senior Spellathon Participants list

Sl. No. First Name Last Name Grade
1 Adithya Uppathil 5
2 Vinay Devarakonda 6
3 Nairit Sarkar 8
4 Aadit Krishna 6
5 Mohnish Vairavan 6
6 Karthik Nemmani 8
7 Lakshmi Vemula 4
8 Rishwi Pillutla 6
9 Naysa Modi 7
10 Tanvi Sud 7
11 Manas Jain 6
12 Varun Kudva 5
13 Sanjana Kota 5
14 Ryan Pius 4
15 Narein Vignesh 6
16 Harini Kanamarlapudi 8
17 Harshun Kathiresan 6
18 Neha Chelamkuri 7
19 Pranav Mukund 7

Spellathon 2019 Results

We had a full house for Spellathon 2019, held at UTD, Jindal School of Management.

The students of junior and senior division were incredible.

  • 1, 2, 3 place winners were recognized with winner trophies and all other students were recognized with participation trophies.
  • SpellPundit awarded $500, $300, and $200 gift vouchers to the top ranks of Spellathon 2019 Juniors and Seniors.
  • All winners are invited to the radio show, Kid’s hour with Anya on Radiocaravan.

Junior Spellathon 2019 Results

The top ranks for Spellathon 2019 juniors were awarded to the following students.

Name Grade City Rank
Arnesh Jayaram 4 Allen, TX Spellathon 2019 Junior Champion
Anirudh Kidambi 4 Frisco, TX First runner up
Siyonamithra Kandala 2 San Antonio, TX Second runner up
Darsheel Paila 4 Dallas, TX 4th Place
Siya Singh 3 Plano, TX Tied for 5th place
Siddhant Gupta 1 Plano, TX Tied for 5th place

Spellathon 2019 juniors championship word:

The championship word for juniors was tortellini.

Here are some facts about the word.

  • Part of speech: noun
  • Pronunciation: \ ˌtȯr-tə-ˈlē-nē \
  • Definition: pasta in the form of little ring-shaped cases containing a filling
  • Sentence: Homemade tortellini is softer and cooks quickly
  • Origin: Italian

Senior Spellathon 2019 Results

The students of the Spellathon 2019 seniors competed for a total of 20 rounds that included several perfect rounds.

The top ranks for Spellathon 2019 seniors went to the following students.

Name Grade City Rank
Michael Kolagani 6 Austin, TX Spellathon 2019 Junior Champion
Vivinsha Veduru 4 Keller, TX 1st Runner-up
Shijay Sivakumar 6 Midland, TX 2nd Runner-up
Akshainie Kamma 6 Austin, TX 4th Place
Sanjana Kota 8 Frisco, TX 5th Place
Sayooj Dinesan 8 Frisco, TX Tied for 6th Place
Hephzibah Sujoe 8 Fort Worth, TX Tied for 6th Place
Wafiyah M. Wadud 7 Irving, TX, Tied for 6th Place
Sriya Gomatam 4 Coppell, TX Tied for 6th Place

Spellathon 2019 juniors championship word:

The championship word for juniors was coruscate.

Here are some facts about the word.

  • Part of speech:a verb
  • Pronunciation:\ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌskāt , ˈkär- \
  • Definition: to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes
  • Sentence: The diamonds began to coruscate in the bright light.
  • Origin: Latin

Results juniors - 2018

The top ranks for Spellathon 2018 juniors were awarded to the following students.

1 Vivinsha Veduru Spellathon 2018 Junior Champion
2 Sriya Gomatam 1st Runner-up
3 Anirudh Hariharan 2nd Runner-up
4 Ananya Kala 4th Place
5 Advik Kishore, Anooushka Rai, Anirudh Venkatakrishnan, Navya Girish Tied for 5th Place

Spellathon 2018 juniors championship word:

The championship word for juniors was Peloton.

Here are some facts about the word.

  • Part of speech: noun
  • Pronunciation: \ ˌpe-lə-ˈtän, pel-uh-ton \
  • Definition: the main body of riders in a bicycle race
  • Sentence: Riders were enjoying a calm sunny afternoon as part of the peloton
  • Origin: French.

Results seniors - 2018

The students of the Spellathon 2018 seniors competed for a total of 25 rounds that included several perfect rounds.

The top 5 ranks for Spellathon 2018 seniors went to the following students.

1 Sohum Sukhtankar Spellathon 2018 Senior Champion
2 Rohan Raja 1st Runner-up
3 Maitri Kovuru 2nd Runner-up
4 Hephzibah Sujoe 4th Place
5 Abhinav Bhagavan 5th Place

Spellathon 2018 seniors championship Word:

The championship word for Senior Spellathon was Nesogaean.

Here are some facts about the word.

  • Part of speech: a noun
  • Pronunciation: \¦nēsə¦jēən, ¦nes-​ \
  • Definition: It means: of, relating to, or being a biogeographic region or subregion of the Australian region that includes the smaller tropical Pacific islands.
  • Sentence: We were mesmerized by the Nesogaean creatures on the island.
  • Origin: New Latin + English combining form.

Results juniors - 2017

The top ranks for Spellathon 2017 juniors were awarded to the following students.

1 Mananya Gupta Spellathon 2017 Junior Champion
2 Nyasa Makam 1st Runner-up
3 Ananya Kala 2nd Runner-up
4 Ashwin Nadar and Advaiya Lad tied for 4th Place
5 Ivanka Singh 6th Place

Spellathon 2017 Championship word:

The Championship word was cryptozoology. Here are some facts about the word. Origin: Greek

Part of speech: a noun

Definition: the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existence

Sentence: Tony's career in cryptozoology began after he watched a 5 hour long documentary on the Loch Ness Monster.

Results seniors - 2017

Spellathon 2017 seniors was a spectacular show with seasoned spellers competing for a total of 24 rounds that included several perfect rounds.

The top 5 ranks for Spellathon 2017 seniors went to the following students.

1 Karthik Nemmani Spellathon 2017 Senior Champion
2 Naysa Modi 1st Runner-up
3 Nairit Sarkar 2nd Runner-up
4 Varun Kudva 4th Place
5 Neha Chelamkuri 5th Place

Spellathon 2017 Championship Word:

The Championship word was Razzmatazz. Here are some facts about the word.

Origin: Unknown

Pronunciation: \ˌraz-mə-ˈtaz\

Part of speech: a noun

Definition: noisy and exciting activity meant to attract attention

Sentence: If Cannes is the pinnacle of the international film calendar, the Academy Awards is the zenith of Hollywood razzmatazz.


Please download the study lists for your preparation for Spellathon 2019.


Please download the study lists for your preparation for Spellathon 2018.