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District Spelling Bee Champ

District Spelling Bee Champ
Jan 26, 2017

Redfield Student Repeats As District Spelling Bee Champ 


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 23, 2017) After 15 rounds of words, Redfield Elementary School 4th grade student Omkar Bharath emerged as the winner of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) annual Spelling Bee, held Jan. 20 at Arcadia High School 

It is Omkar’s second consecutive title, this year fending off 23 Bee winners from other SUSD elementary, middle and K-8 schools. The winning word was magnesium

Omkar said he was happy he was able to defend his title. “There’s this warm feeling when you do it multiple times,” said Omkar. “It just feels good.” 

The District’s top speller is more than willing to share his approach to studying for spelling competitions, too. “I would say, do a half-hour-long study period on a certain subject, then take a break and do some of those study periods every day,” Omkar suggested. “Then you’ll get to know all about a certain subject and all the words in that.” 

Joining Omkar in representing SUSD in the Region II Spelling Bee on Feb. 17 will be the five runners-up from the SUSD competition: Gabriella Tadio, 7th grade, Desert Canyon Middle School; Dean Alkhairy, 5th grade, Kiva Elementary School; Max Greenspan, 5th grade, Cherokee Elementary School; Tanner Hertz, 5th grade, Copper Ridge School; and Andrew Pham, 5th grade, Pueblo Elementary School. The Cave Creek Unified School District hosts this year’s regional Bee. 

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