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. (CFISD courtesy photo)
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. (CFISD courtesy photo)

CYPRESS TEXAS — 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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