Local Spelling Champ Shares Five of His Favorite Things

Though math may be his favorite subject, McKamy Middle School sixth-grader Abhijay Kodali truly has a way with words. The master speller placed third out of 515 in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this past May. He was one of five Dallas-area student to advance to the finals and was the youngest of the 16 finalists. 

“It was nerve-wracking but also very exciting,” Abhijay says. “I didn’t even expect to be there, so to get third place was awesome.”

We asked Abhijay to share some of his favorite things with us.

What is your favorite subject in school and why? 

I like math because it’s interesting, and there’s always a clear answer.

Who is your role model and why? 

My sister is a role model because she was the first person to introduce me to spelling and always works hard in coaching me in spelling to make sure I succeed.

What do you want to do when you grow up and why? 

I want to be a pediatrician because I want to be a doctor, and I really like playing with younger kids.

If you could travel any place in the world, where would you go and why? 

I want to visit the Great Barrier Reef because the pictures look really cool, especially the ones taken from space. Snorkeling seems kind of scary, and I’ve never done it, but I would be willing to try it to see the cool sea life.

What is your favorite hobby and why? 

I like to read books because it’s very cool to see the different worlds that authors can make with words. It also calms me down.

What is your favorite restaurant/food and why? 

My favorite food is chips and salsa, and I like all Mexican restaurants because they have free chips and salsa. Chuy’s has the best chips and salsa, so it is my favorite restaurant.