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HMS 7th Grader Wins County Bee, Headed to National Bee
jlavigueur@d181.org
HMS 7th grader Advaith Balakrishnan was named the champion of the 2022 DuPage County Spelling Bee last night, Wednesday, Feb. 23. Advaith won in the 12th round against the other top qualifiers in the county. He will travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

This is the fifth consecutive year a D181 student will compete in the National Bee.

In 2020, Advaith took second place in the county bee with his brother, Atman, who placed first. Atman went to the national bee three times and his father, Balu Natarajan, won the national bee in 1985.

Congratulations Advaith and best of luck at nationals!