Oviya Amalraj, a J.Michael Lunsford Middle School student, won the 41st Annual LCPS Regional Spelling Bee on March 9, 2023. Oviya, a 6th grader, won the competition by correctly spelling "elan," a noun that means energy, style and enthusiasm. The spelling bee lasted ten (10) rounds before Oviya took the competition over Erdem Dolgoon, an 8th grader at Dayan Academy.
Oviya now moves onto the 95th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will occur at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. From May 31 to June 2, more than 200 spellers from across the country and worldwide will compete on national television. Students will get the opportunity to participate and win grand prizes and gain significant recognition for their skills. The purpose of the spelling bee is to improve spelling skills, build students' vocabulary and promote proper usage of the English language.
"I'm very proud of all the participants and wish Oviya the best of luck at the National Spelling Bee," stated Acting Superintendent Dr. Daniel Smith. "I'm always awestruck by our young people who, at an early age, are demonstrating a mastery and enthusiasm for the language." To learn more about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, visit their website.
Published March 16, 2023