Pinellas County Teen Wins National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, MD -- Perhaps appropriately, a Florida middle schooler won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with a word related to sand.

Dev Shah, a 14-year-old representing Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School in Largo, correctly spelled the word "psammophile," which according to Merriam-Webster means a creature that lives or thrives in sandy soils.

Shah wins the 95th annual competition and a $50,000 grand prize. He's the first winner from the Tampa Bay area since Nupur Lala in 1999.

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