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Cuthbertson Middle School's Rhea Shetty is UCPS spelling bee champ

Forty schools participated in the 2015 UCPS Spelling Bee competition. (Below) Spelling Bee Champion Rhea Shetty, at right, stands with Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis, and runner-up Sandy Ridge Elementary third-grader Katie Tieu.

It only took 12 rounds for eighth-grade Cuthbertson Middle School student Rhea Shetty to become the 2015 UCPS Spelling Bee champion.

She took the title by correctly spelling the word “tawdry,” which was originally a Greek word that passed into Latin. It’s an adjective that means cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality.

“I’m really happy about winning,” Rhea said shortly after taking the countywide title. “I didn’t think I would get this far. I’m excited about going on to the regional competition.”

Sandy Ridge Elementary third-grader Katie Tieu was the runner up in this year’s spelling bee. She is the daughter of Anthony and Cindy Tieu.

In preparation for the countywide spelling bee, Rhea practiced about 15 minutes before school every day and then again after school when time allowed. “I started doing that in late November when I won at the school level.”

Her parents, Rohit and Shri Shetty, were all smiles as they hugged their daughter and congratulated her for winning. “We’re very proud of her,” her mother, Shri Shetty said.

“Every single child who took part, every one of them, deserves congratulations,” added her father, Rohit Shetty. “It takes a lot of courage to be in front of everyone, especially their parents.”

Rhea’s principal, Kevin Nesteruk, was on hand to support and then congratulate Rhea.

“It was amazing the way she could spell words and didn’t have to ask for word origins or request they use the word in a sentence,” Nesteruk said. “She just knew them all from off the top of her head. Her teacher, Jennifer Marryat, knew from the beginning she was going to win.”

Rhea will continue to practice daily, she said, in preparation for the 61st annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee to be held on Feb. 23 at ImaginOn in Charlotte.

In the event Rhea is unable to make the regional competition, the runner up will compete.

Forty schools participated in the competition. Below is a complete list of participants.

2015 School Spelling Bee Champions:

ANTIOCH ELEMENTARY
Rayan Patel, 4th grade

BENTON HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
Julie Sanchez, 5th grade

CUTHBERTSON MIDDLE
Rhea Shetty, 8th grade

EAST ELEMENTARY
Christian Almanza, 4th grade

EAST UNION MIDDLE
Carlos Sanchez, 8th grade

FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY
Gavin Lincoln, 5th grade

HEMBY BRIDGE ELEMENTARY
Jack Green, 5th grade

INDIAN TRAIL ELEMENTARY
Chase Crabtree, 5th grade

KENSINGTON ELEMENTARY
Eva Marryat, 5th grade

MARSHVILLE ELEMENTARY
Jada Barrino, 5th grade

MARVIN ELEMENTARY
Aiden Tauro, 4th grade

MARVIN RIDGE MIDDLE
Marissa Huggins, 6th grade

MONROE MIDDLE
Danielle Johnson, 8th grade

NEW SALEM ELEMENTARY
Dylan Little, 5th grade

NEW TOWN ELEMENTARY
Charlotte Bell, 3rd grade

PARKWOOD MIDDLE
Kaden Graham, 7th grade

PIEDMONT MIDDLE
Harper McCraw, 8th grade

POPLIN ELEMENTARY
Abby Brame, 5th grade

PORTER RIDGE ELEMENTARY
Dory Damon, 5th grade

PORTER RIDGE MIDDLE
Evan Stephenson, 7th grade

PROSPECT ELEMENTARY
Kellan Moore, 4th grade

REA VIEW ELEMENTARY
Jocelyn Garcia, 4th grade

ROCK REST ELEMENTARY
Max Chang, 5th grade

ROCKY RIVER ELEMENTARY
Rianne Ronquillo, 4th grade

SANDY RIDGE ELEMENTARY
Katie Tieu, 3rd grade

SARDIS ELEMENTARY
Reece Hartley, 4th grade

SHILOH ELEMENTARY
Marcellus Webb, 5th grade

SOUTH PROVIDENCE
Da’Quavis Autry, 8th grade

STALLINGS ELEMENTARY
Mukta Thatte, 5th grade

SUN VALLEY ELEMENTARY
Tucker Boswell, 4th grade

SUN VALLEY MIDDLE
Jonathan El-Amin, 8th grade

UNION ELEMENTARY
Rachel Carnes, 4th grade UNIONVILLE ELEMENTARY
Ryleigh Bennett, 5th grade

WALTER BICKETT ELEMENTARY
Keila Rios, 5th grade

WAXHAW ELEMENTARY
Isaac McGill, 4th grade

WEDDINGTON ELEMENTARY
Ian McDermaid, 3rd grade

WEDDINGTON MIDDLE
Shishir Vyas, 8th grade

WESLEY CHAPEL ELEMENTARY
Emma Gandossy, 5th grade

WESTERN UNION ELEMENTARY
Hailey Deese, 5th grade

WINGATE ELEMENTARY
Dylan Stephens, 5th grade

 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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