Black, Gleason students place 1st, 2nd in Elementary Spelling Bee

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Winner William Choi-Kim, left, from Black Elementary School and runner-up Shomili Ghosh from Gleason Elementary School celebrate advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29 at the Berry Center. (CFISD Courtesy photo)
Winner William Choi-Kim, left, from Black Elementary School and runner-up Shomili Ghosh from Gleason Elementary School celebrate advancing to the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29 at the Berry Center. (CFISD Courtesy photo)
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CYPRESS TEXAS — Black Elementary School fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim won first place by correctly spelling the word illicitly in the 22nd round of the annual districtwide Elementary Spelling Bee, held at the Berry Center on Jan. 29.

Black Elementary fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim correctly spelled the word illicitly in the 22nd round to win the Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29.
Black Elementary fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim correctly spelled the word illicitly in the 22nd round to win the Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29.

Gleason Elementary School fourth-grade student Shomili Ghosh was the runner-up. Both Choi-Kim and Ghosh will compete in the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, scheduled to be televised live from the University of Houston on March 23.

Gleason fifth-grade student Shomili Ghosh will join Black Elementary fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after finishing as runner-up at the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29.

Gleason fifth-grade student Shomili Ghosh will join Black Elementary fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee after finishing as runner-up at the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29.

“All of our spellers impressed the spelling bee officials and audience members with their poise and confidence. The students should be very proud of themselves,” said Gaye Stuchly, CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee coordinator. “The dedication and diligence each of the students spent preparing for the district Elementary 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.”

Black Elementary staff members congratulate fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim after he won the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29 at the Berry Center.

Black Elementary staff members congratulate fifth-grade student William Choi-Kim after he won the CFISD Elementary Spelling Bee on Jan. 29 at the Berry Center. 

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 26-31. For more information visit http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/education/spelling-bee/.

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

Campus Name Grade
Adam Anvi Bhat 4
Andre’ Oluwatishe Odejide 4
Ault Joshua Keene 4
Bane Nigel Belfield 5
Bang Kenneth Rijo-Ortega 5
Birkes Joshua Lee 5
Black William Choi-Kim 5
Copeland Matthew Gray 4
Danish Holly Nguyen 4
Duryea Melanie Ramos 5
Emery Muhammad Abdul Rehman 5
Emmott Ian Onyango 5
Farney Katherine Tiangco 5
Fiest Grace Huynh 3
Francone Jonathan Chen 3
Frazier Tiffany Luu 4
Gleason Shomili Ghosh 5
Hairgrove Sarah Taliaferro 4
Hamilton Oishani Banerjee 5
Hancock Sharla Tucaling 3
Hemmenway Kaira Washington 5
Holbrook Edyin Tatum 5
Holmsley Emily Teoh 5
Horne Phillip Choi 5
Jowell Madelyn Jackson 5
Keith Vanshikha Sriram 5
Kirk Mikey Jung 5
Lamkin Amikael Rosario-Torres 5
Lee Aroob Latif 3
Lieder Eden Nguyen 5
Lowery Jack Brewer 4
Matzke Basit Quraishi 4
McFee Oyebola Olugboye 5
Metcalf Edwardia Fosah 5
Millsap Allison Sarwon 5
Moore Anuraag Karnam 4
Owens Kevin Hu 3
Pope Meera Narwani 4
Post Benjamin Trevino 5
Postma Colton Mosley 4
Reed Jonas Parker 5
Rennell Kaitlyn Tumewu 5
M. Robinson Glaiza Cerezo 5
A. Robison Peyton Cockle 3
Sampson Dylan Zhong 4
Sheridan Jonathan Nguyen 4
Swenke Resa Rodrigues 4
Tipps Bao Nguyen 4
Walker Jonathan Benitez 3
Warner Alyssa Hoang 5
Wells Giriish Purushothaman 4
Willbern Stella Yau 5
Wilson Anna Nguyen 5
Woodard Samarth Gulannavar 4
Yeager Snehal Srishti 5

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