Déjà vu at the 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee

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HOUSTON, TX – Nerves were high as 55 students, ages 8-14 from 42 Texas counties, took to the microphone for the nation’s third largest spelling bee, The Houston Public Media Spelling Bee.

As these busy little bees were getting ready for their close up, we caught up with one of last year’s co-champions, Shobha Dasari, and her younger brother Shourav, to see how they prepared for this spelling showdown.

Shobha says that, “sometimes we go by category, we have food category or cheese category, something like that. And other times we go by roots and patterns…it’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it.”

We’ll say! Talk about déjà vu! For the second year in a row, both Shobha Dasari and Syamantak Payra are co-champions!

And now these two brainiacs are headed back to Washington, D.C. to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Beside these sweet trophies, our champs won these massive Webster’s Dictionaries. Better hit those books hard kids, May will “bee” here before you know it.