Parent Teacher Magazine Union County Public Schools March/April 2018 - Page 13

Spelling Bee Winners from Around the District Daniel Wei Antioch Elementary Silas Mayer Rea View Elementary Xochitl Morales-Rodriguez Benton Heights Elementary Hannah Rodden Rock Rest Elementary Charlotte Bell Cuthbertson Middle Jasmine Palacio Rocky River Elementary Marcus Berrios East Elementary Sreethan Gajula Sandy Ridge Elementary Walker Autry East Union Middle Daisy Rodriguez Hernandez Sardis Elementary Garrett Gainer Fairview Elementary Mariella Clark Shiloh Elementary Max Mendlick Hemby Bridge Elementary Cash Rushing South Providence Jordyn Toryk Indian Trail Elementary Gabriel Harvey Stallings Elementary Dhruva Kritam Kensington Elementary Sean Pruitt Sun Valley Elementary Za’Kharri Lotharp Marshville Elementary Justin jenkins Sun Valley Middle Lily Strumpf Marvin Elementary Gavin Edwards Union Elementary Eva Vega Marvin Ridge Middle Riley Kiser Unionville Elementary Ethan Anderson Monroe Middle Joshua McBride Walter Bickett Elementary Juliana Pascual New Town Elementary Jackson Leighton Waxhaw Elementary Cayden Sims New Salem Elementary Harini Rajakumar Weddington Elementary Issac McGill Parkwood Middle Renz Joseph Weddington Middle Jill Tice Piedmont Middle Zofia Magda Wesley Chapel Elementary Vishruth Katari Poplin Elementary Riley Likes Western Union Elementary Carsten Cooper Porter Ridge Elementary Conor Sakowicz Wingate Elementary Van Helms Prospect Elementary Marvin Ridge Middle student edges out competition in regional spelling bee On Feb. 19, Marvin Ridge Middle student Eva Vega won the 64th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. As the 2018 Union County Public Schools Spelling Bee Champion, Eva competed against 24 contestants from 13 counties in North and South Carolina, including students from public, private, parochial and charter schools. During the spelling bee, the contestants quickly went through the 300 words provided to them in a study guide, leaving them to finish the competition with words they may have not encountered. Eva, who is in the eighth grade, ultimately won the spelling bee by correctly spelling “stramineous,” which means straw-colored according to Merriam-Webster. “I read a lot, and I also read language rules so that it’s not just guesswork if I get a word I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve seen the word stramineous before so that helped.” No stranger to spelling bee competitions, Eva previously won the 2016 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee and reached the fourth round in that year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. She also came in second in the Charlotte Observer’s Regional Spelling Bee in 2015 and 2017. As this year’s winner, Eva will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to the national Spelling Bee Week in Washington, D.C., which will be held May 27 to June 1. She will also receive a trophy, a Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online Subscription and the Samuel Louise Sugarman Award. “It was a pleasant surprise to win,” Eva said. “I’m really proud of myself for making it this far.” Marvin Ridge Middle student Eva Vega won the 64th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee beating out 24 other contestants from 13 counties in North and South Carolina. Parent Teacher Magazine • Mar/Apr 2018 • 11