13-year-old wins National Spelling Bee

Winner earned $35,000 cash
5/31/2008 WASHINGTON The competition took place in Washington, D.C. Friday night.

14-year-old Austin Pineda of Perris was the only Southland youngster to reach the finals.

He was eliminated after putting an extra "l" in "tralatitious". It came down to 13-year-old Sameer Mishra.

On his fourth trip to the finals, he had to spell a word meaning "something that one has earned, or gained."

Sameer won $35,000 in cash from Scripps plus $5,000 in other prizes.

The new champion says wants to be a neurosurgeon some day.

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