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  • 2020 Alameda County Spelling Bee Winners

    On March 7, ACOE hosted the 2020 Alameda County Elementary and Junior High Spelling Bees at the San Leandro Arts Education Center.

    The elementary competition started with 45 participants in grades 4 to 6, and went through eight rounds with challenging words such as mulligatawny (a soup, usually of chicken stock, strongly seasoned with curry) and shillelagh (a cudgel made of hardwood).

    In the end, Dhruv Subramanian and Roshan Annamalai, both of Fremont, were the top two elementary spellers in Alameda County and qualified for the state Elementary Spelling Bee Championship.

    At the junior high level, 16 students from grades 7 to 9 competed in eight rounds. Competitors had to get through words like perspicacious (having or showing keen understanding) and taenia (a strip of ribbon worn as a headband) to move forward.

    Aanya Joshi of Dublin and Olen Dempsey of Castro Valley claimed the top two junior high spots in the county competition, qualifying for the state Junior High State Spelling Bee Championship.

    Elementary Top Four Spellers

    1. Dhruv Subramanian (Fremont), winning word: egress (a place or means of going out)
    2. Roshan Annamalai (Fremont)
    3. Vinci Ho (Oakland)
    4. Sanjina Malia (Castro Valley)


    Junior High Top Four Spellers

    1. Aanya Joshi (Dublin), winning word: neophyte (a new participant in some activity)
    2. Olen Dempsey (Castro Valley)
    3. Kaitlyn Tchang
    4. Julian Chea (Alameda)

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