Nearly 70 students in grades 4-8 represented their schools in several competitive rounds during the 2013 Fulton County Schools spelling bee held Feb. 2 at Ison Springs Elementary School.
Alina Baiju from Hopewell Middle School was crowned the winner after she edged out tough competitor Sean O’Neal from Findley Oaks Elementary School in Johns Creek. She had to correctly spell "belligerent" to win the title. Baiju now advances to the district spelling bee on Feb. 23 along with the other top contestants:
1st Place – Alina Baiju, Hopewell Middle School
2nd Place – Sean O’Neal, Findley Oaks Elementary School
3rd Place – Yumin Shivdasani, Wilson Creek Elementary School
4th Place – Emmanuelle LaMarche, Hillside Elementary School
5th Place – Ananya Ghose, Taylor Road Middle School
6th Place – Marianne LaMarche, Holcomb Bridge Middle School
7th Place – Rylan Monahan, Elkins Pointe Middle School
8th Place/Alternate – Sameer Khan, Crabapple Middle School
The top two students at the district level will move on to the state bee on March 15. The Georgia Association of Educators sponsors the district and state competitions.