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School Champions assemble for Union County Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Champion Ashwin Subramaniam stands with Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis, First Runner-up Royce Joseph, and Second Runner-up Ainsley Ogletree

What do the 1991-1993 and 1996-1998 Chicago Bulls, the 1998-2000 New York Yankees, the 2000-2002 Los Angeles Lakers, and Weddington Middle Schooler Ashwin Subramaniam have in common? They are all three-peat Champions!

It took 23 rounds for the eighth grader, but he did it. To claim his third Union County Spelling Bee Championship, Ashwin had to correctly spell 24 words. This was his final appearance in the third through eighth grade competition and in the end, it was fitting that the last word he was asked to spell was efficacy, a word defined as the capacity to produce a desired result.

39 School Champions assembled on the stage at Central Academy. One at a time, they approached the microphone and waited to hear the next word on the list, a word that they would be asked to spell correctly. Often the spellers would ask for the definition. Sometimes they asked for the origin of the word. Occasionally, they asked for the word to be used in a sentence. Three judges listened carefully to each letter as it was called out. A nod from the judges would send them back to their seats as the caller would proclaim, “correct.” When they stumbled, they heard, “I’m sorry, that is incorrect.”

Despite a missed word in the County Championship, each of the School Champions were just that, Champions! They represented their classmates and their school very well as their parents, teachers, and principals silently cheered them on until the end of each round when the building need for applause was released.

Although the three-time county champion will retire at the end of this school year as he moves on to high school, the future looks bright for spelling in Union County. Four of the top five spellers are still in elementary school. Abby Leighton from Waxhaw Elementary, Aiden Tauro from Marvin Elementary, Ainsley Ogletree from Kensington Elementary, and Royce Joseph from Weddington Elementary all earned spots as top five finishers. Four school champions are third graders with five more years to compete.

Ashwin will now represent UCPS at the 60th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee.

2013-2014 School Spelling Bee Champions:

 

ANTIOCH ELEMENTARY
Macey McDuffie, 5th grade student

BENTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
Adriana Melton, 5th grade student

CUTHBERTSON MIDDLE
Dominick DePaola III, 6th grade student

EAST ELEMENTARY
Emalee Chavez, 4th grade student

EAST UNION MIDDLE
Tiffany Green, 7th grade student

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY
Ben Dulin, 4th grade student

HEMBY BRIDGE ELEMENTARY
Rachel Kivlan, 5th grade student

INDIAN TRAIL ELEMENTARY
Ryan Scallin, 4th grade student

KENSINGTON ELEMENTARY
Ainsley Ogletree, 5th grade student

MARSHVILLE ELEMENTARY
Abby Corley, 4th grade student

MARVIN ELEMENTARY
Aiden Tauro, 3rd grade student

MARVIN RIDGE MIDDLE
Daniel Haller, 8th grade student

MONROE MIDDLE
Aaliyah Williams, 6th grade student

NEW SALEM ELEMENTARY
Adam Helms, 5th grade student

NEW TOWN ELEMENTARY
Richie Miller, 5th grade student

PARKWOOD MIDDLE
Emily Eubanks, 7th grade student

PIEDMONT MIDDLE
Ethan Solomon, 6th grade student

POPLIN ELEMENTARY
Nithya Kondeti, 5th grade student

PORTER RIDGE ELEMENTARY
Kelsey Janes, 3rd grade student

PORTER RIDGE MIDDLE
Morgan Pace, 7th grade student

PROSPECT ELEMENTARY
Matthew Belk 5th grade student

REA VIEW ELEMENTARY
Jathin Banala, 4th grade student

ROCK REST ELEMENTARY
Katelyn Walker, 5th grade student

ROCKY RIVER ELEMENTARY
Claire St. Bernard, 5th grade student

SANDY RIDGE ELEMENTARY
Ryan Marr, 5th grade student

SARDIS ELEMENTARY
Jamya Funderburk, 5th grade student

SHILOH ELEMENTARY
Austin Brown, 5th grade student

STALLINGS ELEMENTARY
Reese Milhone, 5th grade student

SUN VALLEY ELEMENTARY
Hannah Ray, 3rd grade student

SUN VALLEY MIDDLE
Michael Haskins, 6th grade student

UNION ELEMENTARY
Hanah Bivens, 3rd grade student

UNIONVILLE ELEMENTARY
Avonlea Arnette, 4th grade student

WALTER BICKETT ELEMENTARY
Erin Leftwich, 4th grade student

WAXHAW ELEMENTARY
Abby Leighton, 5th grade student

WEDDINGTON ELEMENTARY
Royce Joseph, 5th grade student

WEDDINGTON MIDDLE
Ashwin Subramaniam, 8th grade student

WESLEY CHAPEL ELEMENTARY
Nathan Walters, 4th grade student

WESTERN UNION ELEMENTARY
Hailey Deese, 4th grade student

WINGATE ELEMENTARY
Kaylee Camacho, 4th grade student

Written by: Rob Jackson, Chief Communications Officer
Posted: Jan 16, 2014 by Rob Jackson

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