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Hillsboro 12-year-old to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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The Scripps National Spelling Bee started on Tuesday in Maryland, and a 12-year-old from Hillsboro will be competing.

Vipanchi Mungara is a seventh grader at Carden Cascade Academy.

Mungara credits her interest in spelling partly to the difficulty she had in spelling her own name.

Last March, Mungara won the regional spelling bee sponsored by the Portland Tribune by correctly spelling the word epulation, which is the act of feasting. 

The competition website has this description of of Mungara:

"Vipanchi is an Indian classical dancer and singer, a red belt in tae kwon do, a triathlete, and a two-time innovative project winner in Lego robotics. She is also an aspiring linguist who is learning Mandarin, Latin, Kannada and Sanskrit. Vipanchi has won her North South Foundation regional spelling and vocabulary bees over the past four years and has participated in national-level bees as well. She is part of her school's chess and math clubs, and she wishes to pursue robotic programming as well as etymology and linguistic studies. Vipanchi uses every minute of her spare time catching up on her various favorite book series, creating pencil sketches and paintings, and spending time with her family."

The Scripps National Spelling Bee competition runs through Thursday.

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