Sherman speller wins state bee ... again
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Sherman High School junior Shomoy Kamal is the Texas Academic State UIL spelling bee champion.
Kamal is running out of space to hang his medas, but he's still trying to get more.
"For senior year, I'm hopefully planning on taking some more AP classes. And if I get a chance, going again in the UIL competition," he said.
The three-time state winner said even if he doesn't get a fourth medal next year, it's no big deal.
"The fun thing is that there is no really downside to losing, because it's all just exciting overall," Kamal said.
After high school, he said he plans to take the skills he's learned and apply them elsewhere.
"Taking all this time to study and looking at a list of words for hours at a time, I'm hoping it'll help me build study habits for things and college, so I'm more prepared for the long study hours," Kamal said.
That work ethic is something peers and even his teachers admire.
"He is just the epitome of what it means to be a Bearcat," said Amelia Antillon, Kamal's coach. "He's just been a joy to watch grow up the last three years."
To see if Shomoy Kamal is the real deal, we put him on the spot, asking him to spell "expostulate."
"E-X-P-O-S-T-U-L-A-T-E," he correctly replied without a hint of uncertainty. "Thank you."