Kindergartner spells words like “Anthropomorphic” to win spelling bee

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South Jordan, UT (KUTV) — A six-year-old boy has made history at Eastlake Elementary in the Jordan School District.

Young Kazim Ali is the first Kindergartener, as far as anyone can remember, that’s taken home the gold medal in the school’s spelling bee competition.

Because of Kazim’s age, he entered the 1st through 3rd grade spelling bee competition but he spells at a 7th grade level.

“I’ve never even heard of a kindergartener making it past the first round,” said Cindy Tingey the school’s assistant principal. “And I’ve been in education for 22 years.”

Tingey says kindergarteners are usually working on basic words so they don’t compete in the school’s spelling bee.

“They are usually working on short vowel sounds in words like cop, cat or pig,” Tingey said.

2News Reporter Dan Rascon sat down with Kazim to hear his story first hand.

Kazim: My name is Kazim, I’m 6 years old. I go to Eastlake Elementary. That’s this school actually. I’m in kindergarten, but I really need to go to 1st grade because kindergarten I passed already.

Dan: What kind of things do you like in school?

Kazim: Coloring and reading books.

Dan: Tell me why you wanted to be in the spelling bee?

Kazim: It was not my idea. It was my mom’s idea.

Dan: What’s the biggest word you know?

Kazim: Anthropomorphic.

Dan: How do you spell that?

Kazim: A-n-t-h-r-o-p-o-m-o-r-p-h-i-c

Dan: Your dad said you know over 600 words?

Kazim: I think that’s right.

Dan: Who where you competing against in the spelling bee?

Kazim: There was 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and kindergarten, that’s me. I’m only the one that is the youngest.”

Dan: What word did the spelling bee start with?

Kazim: Tag.

Dan: How do you spell tag?

Kazim: T-a-g.

Dan: Was that easy?

Kazim: Yeah, so easy.

Dan: What where some of the easier words?

Kazim: Easier words were tag, car, blue, glue.

Dan: Then it started getting harder?

Kazim: Yeah

Dan: What were the hard words?

Kazim: Hard words were like, congressional.

Dan: How do you spell that?

Kazim: C-o-n-g-r-e-s-s-i-o-n-a-l… More kids started to get eliminated.

Dan: How many where left in the end?

Kazim: It was only me and a 3rd grader. She got a very big word. She made a word wrong and my winning word was actually sapphire and I did it.

Dan: How do you spell sapphire?

Kazim: S-a-p-p-h-i-r-e. That was my winning word. I learned the most words than anyone in that spelling bee and that’s how I won.

Dan: Now students know you because you won the spelling bee?

Kaim: Yeah, almost the whole school knows me. If you win the spelling bee, everybody in the school knows you.

Dan: Do you want to be a national spelling bee champion?

Kazim: Yeah, but it will be very hard. They get almost dollars for that spelling be like $2,000 or $5,000 dollars.

Dan: Why do you want to be a national spelling bee champion?

Kazim: Because you get a lot of money and a big trophy.

Dan: You want a big trophy?

Kazim: Yeah, because I already got four trophies and three medals.

Kazim not only excels in spelling but in everything else he does at school. That’s why he is going into an accelerated program next year and has memorized 223 verses of the Quran.

His parents, father, Abu Mohamed Ali and mother, Shahanas Abdul Jaleel, also excelled  in school in India where they grew up.

“It was amazingly cool.” Tingey said. “He is not only a great speller but he’s just a cute kid.”

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