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Adam, Birkes students place first, second in Elementary Spelling Bee

February 2, 2017

Runner-up Joshua Lee, left, from Birkes Elementary School and winner Cody Powell from Adam Elementary School celebrate advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1 at the Berry Center.
Runner-up Joshua Lee, left, from Birkes Elementary School and winner Cody Powell from Adam Elementary School celebrate advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1 at the Berry Center. 

Feb. 2, 2017—Adam Elementary School fifth-grade student Cody Powell won first place by correctly spelling the word phonograph in the 14th round of the annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee, held at the Berry Center on Feb. 1.

Adam Elementary School fifth-grade student Cody Powell correctly spelled the word phonograph in the 14th round of the Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1 to clinch the championship.
Adam Elementary School fifth-grade student Cody Powell correctly spelled the word phonograph in the 14th round of the Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1 to clinch the championship. 

Birkes Elementary School third-grade student Joshua Lee was the runner-up. Both Powell and Lee will compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, scheduled to be televised live from the University of Houston on April 1.

“All of our spellers did an incredible job and should be very proud of themselves,” said Gaye Stuchly, elementary reading/language arts curriculum coach. "The amount of time and effort each of the students spent preparing for the Spelling Bee was evident in their performance. Our students should be commended for going above and beyond their everyday learning in order to strive for excellence!”

Runner-up Joshua Lee of Birkes Elementary School will compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 1 at the University of Houston.
Runner-up Joshua Lee of Birkes Elementary School will compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 1 at the University of Houston.

Nearly 60 spellers will qualify for the regional bee. The top two spellers will qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 28-June 3. For more information visit http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/education/spelling-bee/.

Guests pack the Berry Center theater to watch the annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1.
Guests pack the Berry Center theater to watch the annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee on Feb. 1. 

The Spelling Bee champions who represented their respective elementary schools at the district competition are:

Campus

Name

Grade

Adam

Cody Powell

5

Andre

Sam Barnaba

4

Ault

Abigail Keene

4

Bane

Dalia Rogel

5

Bang

Breanna Avellan

4

Birkes

Joshua Lee

3

Black

Ayush Kanhere

5

Copeland

Sindhya Selvarajan

5

Danish

Linzi Floyd

5

Duryea

Jeremiah Combs

4

Emery

Stephen Cole

4

Emmott

Julina Martinez

4

Farney

Norah Guerry

5

Fiest

Ceana Hafley

4

Francone

Emily Wawire

5

Frazier

Isaiah Giron

5

Gleason

Shomili Ghosh

3

Hairgrove

Christopher Rembert

5

Hamilton

Naagita Sanvi Kumpatla

4

Hancock

Hajar Elmoutia

4

Hemmenway

Isaiah Nunez

3

Holbrook

Israel Flores

5

Holmsley

Lydia Njome

5

Horne

Arielle Gonzalez

5

Jowell

Alexis Armstrong

5

Keith

Laasya Goriparti

4

Kirk

Matthew Jung

5

Lamkin

Cathryn Boatcallie

4

Lee

Sedona Nguyen

4

Lieder

Harrison Tran

5

Lowery

Luis Macias-Gonzalez

5

Matzke

Malavika Pillai

5

McFee

Breille Virgil

5

Metcalf

Hena Singh

5

Millsap

Isabel Garcia

5

Moore

Madhuvanthi Fernando

5

Owens

Rachel Yun

4

Pope

Sanjna Reddy

4

Postma

Naveen Jayakumar

4

Reed

Maggie Cordova

5

Rennell

Keira Mai

4

Robinson M

Abigail Mejia

4

Robison  A

Wafia Rahman

5

Sampson

Alexander Gibson

3

Sheridan

Damian Hernandez

4

Swenke

Binadie Wickramasinghe

4

Tipps

Temiloluwa Olatunji

5

Walker

Christian Okafor

5

Warner

Dylan Lee

5

Willbern

Weston Phan

5

Wilson

Samuel Yates

5

Woodard

Baber Mirza

5

Yeager

Syed Hassan

5

 

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