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Calhoun sixth-grader wins Denton ISD spelling bee

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The victory began to take shape as Anubhav Aryal carefully rolled out the 15 letters.

A-N-T-H-R-O-P-O-M-O-R-P-H-I-C, an adjective that describes something that resembles or takes shape as a human form, was the winning word in the Denton Independent School District Spelling Bee on Thursday for the Calhoun Middle School sixth-grader.

He spelled out the championship word to defeat Crownover Middle School sixth-grader Nick Rabalais in the seventh round.

Aryal will now represent the Denton district in the Denton County Spelling Bee at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Denton ISD’s Professional Development Center, 1212 Bolivar St.

Rabalais will also advance to the Denton County Spelling Bee after winning the district’s second spot in a spell-off with Crownover classmate Sydney Morris. Rabalais edged past Morris in the ninth round of the spell-off.

The winner of the county spelling bee will advance with winners from 37 other counties to The Dallas Morning News Regional Spelling Bee on March 22, and that winner will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which runs from May 25-31.