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Top Spellers Compete in Middle School Spelling Bee

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On Friday, December 9, the Middle School’s top spellers competed for a chance to move on to the Orange County Spelling Bee. Students qualified to participate in the event based on a qualification quiz administered in English classes during the month of November.

The competition began with an oral round in which students were given words such as “schooner” and “parody.” As the competition ensued, the words became progressively more difficult, and a collective groan was heard from the audience when a competitor was given the word “numismatics.”

After two rounds of competition, three competitors remained standing: Tejav Narayanan, grade 6; Megan Phansalkar, grade 8; and Lana Walker, grade 8.

All three competitors were invited forward for the championship round: a written, single elimination round with high-difficulty words. In this round, Megan emerged as the champion by correctly spelling “asphyxiant.” Lana earned second place, and Tejav earned third place.

Megan shared that “the spelling bee was a great experience to have. I’ve been participating in it for three years and it was nice to be able to experience success.”

Megan, Lana and Tejav will all move on the Orange County Spelling Bee written round on February 27 at the Orange County Department of Education. This round serves as qualification for the oral round of the Orange County Spelling Bee to be held on March 3.

We wish Megan, Lana and Tejav the best of luck in this competition!


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