Tampa’s Spelling Bee Champ Met with Hero’s Welcome at TPA


Bruhat Soma, Tampa Bay’s Spelling Bee champion, was greeted with a hero’s welcome from a cheering crowd at Tampa International Airport upon his return on Wednesday, celebrating his remarkable achievement with his family and supporters.

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Soma, a 12-year-old soon-to-be eighth-grader at Turner/Bartels K-8 School in New Tampa, has been enjoying the spotlight since his thrilling victory at the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee. In a dramatic 1v1 spell-off on May 30, he correctly spelled 29 words in 90 seconds to clinch the title.

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