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PHOTOS: Nashua student wins N.H. spelling bee in Concord

  • Arushi Kalpande, a sixth grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, smiles on stage after winning the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Out of nearly 200 competitors on Saturday, Kalpande correctly spelled, "Insouciant," which means "a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything," according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Shaila Kalpande, right, spoke with Carolyn D'Aquila, the pronouncer, following the event.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Arushi Kalpande, a sixth grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, smiles on stage after winning the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Out of nearly 200 competitors on Saturday, Kalpande correctly spelled, "Insouciant," which means "a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything," according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Shaila Kalpande, right, spoke with Carolyn D'Aquila, the pronouncer, following the event.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • From left, Don Chesnel, Bob Steele, and Gerry Gravel, all from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, were judges during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    From left, Don Chesnel, Bob Steele, and Gerry Gravel, all from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, were judges during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • From left, Don Chesnel, a judge from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, hits a bell notifying of a spelling mistake during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    From left, Don Chesnel, a judge from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, hits a bell notifying of a spelling mistake during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Michael Stocker, of Seabrook Middle School, listens to a correct spelling that eventually eliminates him after making it to the final 3 competitors during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Michael Stocker, of Seabrook Middle School, listens to a correct spelling that eventually eliminates him after making it to the final 3 competitors during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Arushi Kalpande, a sixth grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, smiles on stage after winning the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Out of nearly 200 competitors on Saturday, Kalpande correctly spelled, "Insouciant," which means "a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything," according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Shaila Kalpande, right, spoke with Carolyn D'Aquila, the pronouncer, following the event.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • From left, Don Chesnel, Bob Steele, and Gerry Gravel, all from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, were judges during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • From left, Don Chesnel, a judge from the Rochester Elks Lodge 1393, hits a bell notifying of a spelling mistake during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Michael Stocker, of Seabrook Middle School, listens to a correct spelling that eventually eliminates him after making it to the final 3 competitors during the 61st Annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 1, 2014.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Arushi Kalpande, a sixth-grader at Infant Jesus School in Nashua, won the 61st annual New Hampshire Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord yesterday. Out of nearly 200 competitors, Kalpande won by spelling “insouciant,” which means “a relaxed and calm state; a feeling of not worrying about anything,” according to Merriam-Webster. The win advances her to represent the state in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

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