• Spelling Bee winners

    Feb. 10, 2022

    School Spelling Bee winners advance to regional competition

    National Spelling BeeFive Upper St. Clair students will advance to the 72nd Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee set for Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Robert Morris University. For the last two years, an Upper St. Clair student has been crowned champion of the regional spelling bee.

    To qualify for the regional competition, Yu Rui Lin, Baker Elementary School; Brayden Wong, Eisenhower Elementary School; Drew Holzer, Streams Elementary School; Arjun Kairi, Boyce Middle School; and Nikhil Chandran, Fort Couch Middle School; each finished first in his 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 have the opportunity to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place in June 2022.  

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

    Baker Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Yu Rui Lin; winning word – abdomen
    Second Place:  Praachi Sreeram
    Third Place:  Kriti Kulkarni
    Fourth Place:  Isabelle Azinon
    Fifth Place:  Declan May

    Eisenhower Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Brayden Wong; winning word – columns
    Second Place:  Luka Beric
    Third Place:  Shaivy Shrivastava
    Fourth Place:  Eamon Castrodale
    Fifth Place:  Sara Alhajhusain

    Streams Elementary School (grade 4)
    First Place:  Drew Holzer; winning word – emboldened
    Second Place:  Ivan Yanov
    Third Place:  Bennett Pries
    Fourth Place:  Mileidi Miles
    Fifth Place:  Preston Poff 

    Boyce Middle School
    First Place:  Arjun Kairi, grade 5; winning word – obsession
    Second Place:  Raana Parchuri, grade 6
    Third Place:  Nyasha Rahman, grade 5
    Fourth Place:  Kelly Qin, grade 6
    Fifth Place:  Rohith Kumar, grade 6

    Fort Couch Middle School
    First Place:  Nikhil Chandran, grade 8; winning word – vanquishment
    Second Place:  Vedant Naik, grade 7
    Third Place:  Ayan Amin, grade 8
    Fourth Place:  Siddharth Kumar, grade 7
    Fifth Place: Emiliano Sobarzo, grade 8

    Last year, Upper St. Clair’s Rohan Mehta, then an eighth grader at Fort Couch Middle School, was crowned champion at the 71st Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee, which was held in March 2021. The runner-up was Boyce Middle School fifth grader Raana Parchuri, who was the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee champion as a fourth grader.