San Angelo spelling whiz featured on national television show

A few days after taking the top spot in the San Angelo Spelling Bee, six-year old Akash Vukoti, of San Angelo, created a buzz on social media after being featured on Steve Harvey’s newest television show, “Little Big Shots.”

The homeschooler faced off with Harvey in a spelling contest with words the average person would find difficult to spell. As the pronouncer gave the first word, “derriere,” to the two contestants, the cheerful child giggled as Harvey misspelled the word.

Vukoti asked for an alternate pronunciation, to which Harvey replied, “Yeah, like ‘butt’ – ‘bootie’,” drawing more giggles from the gregarious six-year old.

The second word the pair were asked to spell was “connoisseur.” Harvey spelled the word incorrectly, leading Vukoti to win the second round as well.

“You getting on my last nerve, you can’t spell nothing.” Harvey said to Vukoti.

At one point, Harvey said, “Osh Kosh, you better get up off me.”

And then, the final word, “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis,” came. Harvey made no attempt to spell the word which is described in the Oxford English dictionary as an artificial long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust. Vukoti nailed it.

According to a 2015 story on, Akash and his sister, Amrita, were among the youngest siblings to be inducted into American Mensa, the high IQ society.

Vukoti will face other super spellers in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.