The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee is officially underway and of the 560 spelling gurus from all over the world competing, nine are from right here in Georgia.
Getting to the stage is no easy feat, to say the least. According to the Bee’s official site, 11 million students participate in the effort annually, but only one speller is crowned champion.
You may have already read about 13-year-old Johns Creek student Arushi Cumer, but here’s a full list of Georgia competitors, courtesy of Scripps:
Kyu-Carlo Alegre (Carrollton)
Speller No. 123
Carrollton Junior High School
Cole Masterman-Smith (Vidalia)
Speller No. 127
Robert Toombs Christian Academy
Arushi Cumer (Johns Creek)
Speller No. 133
Georgia Association of Educators
Chloe Park (Marietta)
Speller No. 136
Dodgen Middle School
Dhruv Hosamane (Decatur)
Speller No. 148
Cliff Valley School
Marin Eckerson (Mableton)
Speller No. 168
Catherine Mew (Atlanta)
Speller No. 203
Brandon Elementary School
Joshua Chelliah (Atlanta)
Speller No. 218
Sutton Middle School
Connor Parks (Flintstone)
Speller No. 433
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Keep your ears perked for the official list of finalists out at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
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