Spellers around the Tracy area competed in school and districtwide spelling bees recently to win a spot at the San Joaquin County Spelling Bee finals next week.

The spelling bees are divided into two divisions, elementary for fourth through sixth grades, and junior for seventh through ninth grades.

Lammersville Unified School District

Lammersville Unified School District held its district spelling bee Nov. 5 in the Mountain House High School cafeteria. The students in the elementary division started things off by taking turns at the podium on stage. The competition ended with the correct spelling of “crescendo” by Wicklund School sixth-grader Rohin Prashanth, who took first place.

Questa School sixth-grader Shanmukh Meka placed second, followed by Hansen School fifth-grader Ananya Reddy Manya in third place and Questa sixth-grader Ritvick Raghuvanshi for fourth place.

Students competing in the LUSD junior division bee sat at long tables to write out the words they were asked to spell, which is the method traditionally used at the county level. Judges checked their work, and competitors who misspelled two words were eliminated.

The winner of the junior division was Altamont School seventh-grader Jordan Prawira, who sealed his victory by spelling “greengage” correctly. Wicklund School eighth-grader Edric Balayot placed second, followed by Bethany School seventh-grader Taylor Love in third place and Wicklund eighth-grader Lizzie Su in fourth place.

Jefferson Elementary School District

Jefferson Elementary School District held its spelling bee Nov. 8 at the district office with two students competing from each of the four schools.

In the elementary division, the winners were Monticello School fourth-grader Alaya Bruce and Hawkins School sixth-grader Harshal Meka. The district will be represented at the junior bee by eighth-graders Grace Kai Williams of Jefferson School and Riya Bhatia of Hawkins.

Banta Elementary School District

Banta Elementary School District conducted separate spelling bees at its two campuses, Banta School and NextGeneration STEAM Academy in River Islands. The top spellers going to the county bee from NextGen are fourth-grader Tennessee McGraw and seventh-grader Agam Botarai. Banta will send fifth-grader Bradley Rossi and eighth-grader Cameron Rossi.

Other local schools

Also competing at the county bee from the Tracy area will be fourth-grader Luke Alger and eighth-grader Aurora Thompson, representing Tracy Learning Center; fourth-grader Engay Markuz from St. Bernard’s Catholic School; and fifth-grader Ibrahim Leena from Montessori Elementary School of Tracy.

If you go

The San Joaquin County Spelling Bee will kick off Monday with the elementary division elimination round, followed two days later by the finals for both the elementary and junior divisions.

The finals, which are open to everyone, will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Wentworth Education Center, 2922 Transworld Drive, in Stockton.

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at drizzo@tracypress.com or 830-4225.

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