Penn High Spell Bowl squad opens 2012 season with perfect score

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. -- Penn High School's Spell Bowl team opened its 2012 season in perfect fashion on Monday night, Sept. 17 with a perfect score of 90 at the East Noble Invitational.

For the Kingsmen it was their 30th perfect score dating back to 1994.  It is believed there have only been about 43 perfect scores in the history of Hoosier Spell Bowl and Penn owns 30 of them.

Here are the complete standings from the East Noble Invitational.

1.  Penn 90
2.  East Noble  43
3.  Carroll  40
4.  Ft. Wayne Dwanger 27
5. Northwood 24
6. Ft. Wayne Snider 23
7.  Garrett 23
8.  Columbia City 20
9.  Ft. Wayne North 13
10. Prairie Heights 11

It should be noted that Penn's junior varsity team scored 71, which was 28 more than the second place team but only one team from each school can compete in the official standings.

Perfect spellers for the Kingsmen varsity were:  Leah Hershberger, Nitin Arora, Diska Waghray, Alex Cao, Austin Heckaman, Chris Yun, Marija Lapkus, Nisha Bhatt, Richard Jung and Jenny Huang.

Turning in perfect efforts for the Penn junior varsity were:  Faihaan Arif, Presto George, Peter Jung, Alice Kwak, Josh Rajkumar and Kanika Arora.

Penn's next competition is on Thursday, September 20, when they compete at the Winamac Invitational.


(Source: This was a press release, courtesy of Joseph DeKever)

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