Four students from the Livermore Valley Joint School District (LVJUSD) are competing in the Alameda County Spelling Bees Primary and Secondary School at Dublin High School on Saturday, March 12, after taking first and second place in the Primary and Secondary School. school Spelling Bee LVJUSD. competitions.
“These students really impressed us with their spelling skills,” said superintendent Kelly Bowers. “We wish them success in preparing for the next level of competition.”
After 13 rounds of intense competition in the primary bee Sunil Saja, a 5th grader at Altamont Creek Primary School, defeated 29 other competitors and won first place by correctly spelling “Chevalier”. Fifth-grader Smith Elementary School Isabella Jerasin-Raja took second place, while Min-ki Kawamura of Smith Elementary School and Ankit Nagal of Jackson Avenue Elementary School took third and fourth places, respectively.
For 18 rounds of competition in high school bees had spectators on the edge of their seats before Sheehan Krishna, an eighth-grader with Joe Michelle K-8, came out the winner with the spelling “rhetorical”. Eighth-grader Mendenhall Middle Isaac Yi took second place, and among those who took third and fourth place were Arshia Mittal of Mendenhall Middle and Braden Kreitzman of East Avenue Middle.
The immediate families of the contestants along with the district leaders and board members personally attended the events at Granada High School on February 16 and at Junction Avenue K-8 on February 23. Virtual webinars gave access to the excitement for additional fans and spelling bee lovers. Both competitions included judging panels made up of district staff and community members, including Don Argula, general manager of the Livermore Chamber of Commerce; Carolyn Siegfried, Executive Director of the Pedrotti Foundation; and Mary Sweeney, a member of the SPARC board.
“The goal of the National Scripps Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts and develop proper English use that will help them throughout their lives,” said Jason Krolikowski, director of secondary education. “We are very proud of all our students who participated.”