SAN ANTONIO—Following her triumph last week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, teen spelling champion Harini Logan has committed to spell next year for the University of California, Los Angeles, officials at the college announced Tuesday. “We’re thrilled that Harini has agreed to join us as a Bruin, and we can’t wait to see what this incredible young talent brings to our Division I spelling team,” said UCLA head spelling coach Karen Esposito, who posed with Logan as the 14-year-old signed a letter of intent with the university, one of several schools that intensely recruited the young speller, offering her full scholarships and taking her family out for lavish steak dinners. “She brings some incredible spelling skills to the table, with an extensive knowledge of root words and impressive tongue agility. When she came to our elite prospect camp last summer and knocked out words like “electroencephalograph” and “chiaroscurist,” we knew this kid could spell with the big dogs. We look forward to seeing how she handles the microphone at college bees.” According to reports, Logan has already leveraged her name, image, and likeness rights, signing a $1.4 million endorsement deal with Merriam-Webster dictionaries.
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