• Jan. 31, 2020

    School Spelling Bee winners advance to regionals 

    Spelling Bee Five Upper St. Clair students will advance to the 70th Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee set for Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Robert Morris University’s Yorktown Hall.

    To qualify for the regional competition, Raana Parchuri, Baker Elementary School; Ahana Mendhi, Eisenhower Elementary School; Iris Wang, Streams Elementary School; Nikhil Chandran, Boyce Middle School; and Rohan Mehta, Fort Couch Middle School; each finished first in his/her school’s spelling bee. The school-level spelling bees, open to students in grades 4 – 8, were sponsored by the Upper St. Clair Parent Teacher Council.

    Students up through grade 8 from throughout a 26-county region will compete at Robert Morris University. The winner of the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Bee Week 2020 will take place the week of Memorial Day, May 24 through May 29, at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. 

    Upper St. Clair’s school-level results are provided below. 

    Baker Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Raana Parchuri, with a winning word of “accordance”
    Second Place:  Kavin Senthil Kumar
    Third Place:  Nathan Del
    Fourth Place:  Sam Cranganu
    Fifth Place:  Devnarayan Nair

    Eisenhower Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Ahana Mendhi, with a winning word of “suspect”
    Second Place:  Aaron Rai
    Third Place:  Meera Alabed
    Fourth Place:  Rohith Kumar
    Fifth Place:  Blake Uffelman 

    Streams Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Iris Wang, with a winning word of “sanitized”
    Second Place:  Suhavi Singh
    Third Place:  Josh DiGennaro
    Fourth Place:  Jack Hollingsworth
    Fifth Place:  Brianna Meliton 

    Boyce Middle School
    First Place:  Nikhil Chandran, grade 6, with a winning word of “transmute”
    Second Place:  Ryan Katukota, grade 5
    Third Place:  Siddharth Nambiar, grade 6
    Fourth Place:  Anushka Sen, grade 5
    Fifth Place:  Emiliano Sobarzo, grade 6 

    Fort Couch Middle School
    First Place:  Rohan Mehta, grade 7, with a winning word of “array”
    Second Place:  Arnav Kumar, grade 8
    Third Place:  Harsh Mali, grade 7
    Fourth Place:  Eitan Schwartz, grade 7
    Fifth Place:  Rayan Sarwar, grade 8