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Ashley River Creative Arts 5th Grader Wins 2017 CCSD Spelling Bee

Charleston, SC – Aarti Anugonda is the 2017 Charleston County School District (CCSD) Spelling Bee Champion. She captured the title in the fifth round of the competition at Burke High School on Thursday, January 19, 2017. She was the only one to spell the word “paradigm” correctly in the final round.

27 students from 24 different schools participated in the annual CCSCCSD Spelling BeeD Spelling Bee. 18 of them will advance to the Lowcountry SpellBound! in March. The winner of that tournament will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. which begins on May 28, 2017.

The following CCSD students advanced to Lowcountry SpellBound!:

1st place: Aarti Anugonda, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, 5th
2nd place: Elliott Catoe-Griffis, Charleston County School of the Arts, 7th
3rd place: Lauren Rabb, Thomas C. Cario Middle, 8th grade
4th place: William Wells, Haut Gap Middle - Advanced Studies Magnet , 8th

Additional top 18 spellers:

Melanie Garcia-Sandoval, West Ashley Middle - Advanced Studies Magnet,
7th grade
Caroline Spann, Buist Academy for Advanced Studies, 5th grade
Thomas Demetre, Buist Academy for Advanced Studies, 8th grade
Rawisara (Bell) Pansap, C. E. Williams Middle, 8th grade
Ashlyn (Brodie) Mayhew, Drayton Hall Elementary, 5th grade
John Ryan Ottaviano, Fort Johnson Middle, 6th grade
Ben Haynes, Harbor View Elementary, 5th grade
Troy Rauchut, James B. Edwards Elementary, 5th grade
Cassandra Drollinger, Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, 7th grade
Vansh Nagpal, Laing Middle School of Science & Technology, 8th grade
Auggie Mastrion, Moultrie Middle, 6th grade
Trenton Washington, Orange Grove Charter Middle, 6th grade
Dalton Muse, St Andrew's School of Math and Science, 5th grade
Emerson Medlin, Stiles Point Elementary, 5th grade

149 students from four different counties will participate in Lowcountry SpellBound! sponsored by the Post & Courier on March 9, 2017 at Charleston Southern University’s Lightsey Chapel.

The competition will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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