Salyards MS speller earns perfect score, qualifies for national bee

March 31, 2021

Salyards Middle School eighth grade student Shawn Ray was named the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee co-champion on March 9 after spelling all 50 words correctly. Ray will represent CFISD and the Greater Houston area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Salyards Middle School eighth grade student Shawn Ray was named the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee co-champion on March 9 after spelling all 50 words correctly. Ray will represent CFISD and the Greater Houston area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

March 31, 2021—Salyards Middle School eighth grade student Shawn Ray was named the Houston Public Media Regional Spelling Bee co-champion on March 9. Ray will represent CFISD and the Greater Houston area at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The 2021 regional spelling bee was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. Spellers were asked to spell 50 words and Ray earned a perfect score.

“After making it to the regional spelling bee three times, I finally conquered a strong majority of the dictionary,” Ray said. “It means so much for me to finally have a ticket to nationals.”

Ray won the 2021 CFISD Middle School Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word beguile in the 27th round and qualified for the regional bee. The win marked Ray’s third consecutive district title.

“We are thrilled to have Shawn represent CFISD at the national level,” said Jacquelyn Loyd, secondary English and language arts curriculum coach. “This is a huge accomplishment for him that represents years of dedication. We know he has even more great things in his future.”

Due to COVID-19, the preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held virtually with 10-12 champions participating in the final round in Orlando, Fla. on July 8.

Visit the Scripps National Spelling Bee website for more information.

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