Flagitious, an adjective that means shamefully wicked, heinous or flagrant, helped Shritha Gunturu win the 2012 Cherry Creek School District Spelling Bee, held Feb. 10 at the Student Achievement Resource Center. Other words in the final round included prestidigitator (magician or illusionist) and cordillera (a chain of mountains).
Nearly 1,000 students took part in the spelling bee process, which began with school bees held at 46 elementary and middle schools earlier this year. Then 198 top spellers then competed in the district bee, which began with a written spelling test, consisting of 50 words. The winner of the written test was Andrew Ying, who also won the written test last year! The top 33 spellers then competed in an oral spelling bee.
Shritha Gunturu from West Middle School won first place. Second place went to Riley Somo from Laredo Middle School. Kendra Neumann from Campus Middle School earned third place.
The top 16 students will represent Cherry Creek Schools in the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 10. They are:
Shritha Gunturu – West Middle School
Riley Somo - Laredo Middle School
Kendra Neumann – Campus Middle School
Shray Chauhan – Campus Middle School
Ann Zhang – Campus Middle School
Janine Taurchini - Thunder Ridge Middle School
Charlotte Visser - Falcon Creek Middle School
Andrew Tokar – Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Grant Miller - Falcon Creek Middle School
Quillan Donovan – Liberty Middle School
Andrew Ying – Campus Middle School
Ira Tandon - Fox Ridge Middle School
Morgan Jenney – West Middle School
Dylan Oh – Liberty Middle School
Cameron Bergan - Fox Ridge Middle School
Andrew Ker – Laredo Middle School
Congratulations to all of the Cherry Creek School District‘s super spellers!
The CCSD Spelling Bee is sponsored by the district’s Gifted and Talented Education department.