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Karl Patram, an eighth-grader at Crews Middle School, won the District 3 spelling bee Saturday, qualifying for the state competition.
SUWANEE — It’s no wonder Rohan Ramdeholl had a hard time spelling “tremulous.”
Puffing out his cheeks and bouncing on his heels while he repeated the word, unsure of its pronunciation, the seventh-grader seemed to be feeling the emotion, during Saturday’s District 3 spelling bee at North Gwinnett High School.
But when he faltered, a confident Karl Patram correctly spelled the word and won his second spelling bee in a month.
At Saturday’s showdown, a qualifier for the state competition, Patram, an eighth-grader, got through the tough words of ocelot, peccadillo and dichotomy, securing his trophy with the final word of “innumerable.”
But this time the Crews Middle School champ didn’t have to face off against his favorite opponent, little brother Neil, who came in second to Karl at the Gwinnett County Public Schools contest earlier this month. Neil was one of the youngest to compete Saturday but was sent to his seat earlier in the competition.
Parents Natasha and Parm Patram said they didn’t feel any better with just one boy on stage.
“It’s kind of like Russian roulette. But we tell them to go up there and have fun,” Parm Patram said, adding that Karl had been sick days before and they weren’t sure he would get to compete. “The power of soup.”
And Karl said he still felt sympathy for the second-place finisher, a friend who he has competed against in the past. Ramdeholl is a seventh-grader at North Gwinnett Middle.
The two will advance to the state competition, held March 15 at Georgia State University.