Salyards sixth-grade student wins MS Spelling Bee

February 12, 2019

Salyards Middle School sixth-grade student Shawn Ray (at microphone) correctly spelled the word oaxaca in the 24th round of the Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 to clinch the championship.
Salyards Middle School sixth-grade student Shawn Ray (at microphone) correctly spelled the word oaxaca in the 24th round of the Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 to clinch the championship.

Feb. 12, 2019—Salyards Middle School sixth-grade student Shawn Ray won first place by correctly spelling the word oaxaca in the 24th round of the annual districtwide Middle School Spelling Bee, held Feb. 7 at the Berry Center.

Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Mihir Bhatia was the runner-up participant. Both Ray and Bhatia will compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, which is scheduled to be televised March 23 from the University of Houston.

Salyards Middle School sixth-grade student Shawn Ray correctly spelled the word oaxaca in the 24th round of the Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 to clinch the championship.
Salyards Middle School sixth-grade student Shawn Ray correctly spelled the word oaxaca in the 24th round of the Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 to clinch the championship.

“Our middle school spellers were at their very best on Thursday evening which made our district spelling bee a resounding success,” said Sarah Price, CFISD secondary English technology curriculum coach. “The three-and-a-half-hour competition went to round 24 before we had a winner. All of the students showed how well prepared they were and should be very proud of their accomplishments. In addition to being part of a keen competition, our spellers participated in a valuable learning experience, acquiring an expansive knowledge of words and their meanings while gaining a richer vocabulary and a higher level of literacy. Thanks to our parents and teachers as well for their support of our middle school spellers. I applaud all of our participants for their hard work and dedication.”

Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Mihir Bhatia celebrates advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 13 at the Berry Center.
Spillane Middle School eighth-grade student Mihir Bhatia celebrates advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 13 at the Berry Center.

Nearly 60 spellers will qualify for the spelling bee from across the greater Houston area. The top two spellers will qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., May 27-30.

For more information, visit http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/education/spelling-bee/.

 

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

Campus

Participants

Campus Coordinator(s)

Anthony

Ben Foley and Simran Patel

Amanda Mahon

Aragon

Nitya Kodali and Sindhya Selvarajan

Teri Tidmore and Alyssa DuPree

Arnold

Gurkiran Pandher and Zechariah Martin

Karen Green

Bleyl

Ananya Sriramsankar and Syed Hassan

Victoria Evans

Campbell

Zephanie Reyna and Jaimie Nguyen

Krista Hays

Cook

Rukayat Reza and Miriam Kinney

Antoinette James

Dean

Charlie Tran and Marcus Guillen

Katie Boyer and Kelli Coleman

Goodson

Rahul Rathan and Anagha Sreenivasan

Mandi Toumbs

Hamilton

Madhuvanthi Fernando and Sanvi Kumpatla

Lisa Herrmann

Hopper

Laina Muradzikwa and Lylia Strong

David Weldon

Kahla

Hena Singh and Djibril Baray

Trisha Samuels

Labay

Alia Maharoof and Sedona Nguyen

Kay McDowell

Salyards

Shawn Ray and Kory Farquar

Brooke Pierron

Smith

Sumedhaa Socraties and Dylan Lee

Amy Silva

Spillane

Mihir Bhatia and Saran Sundar

Tara Magallan

Thornton

Morolaoluwa Ajuwon and Abigail Mejia

Rochelle Chavis

Truitt

Alonso Aguilar and Howard Kim

Marlene Pennington

Watkins

Ian Grimaldi and Annie Nguyen

Christopher Patten

 

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