(Pictured L-R: Mohammed, Sarkar, Krishna, and Gandhasri)
SAN JOSE, CA – After three hours of competition, a sixth-grade student, Rishik Gandhasri of Silver Oak Elementary emerged victoriously and took the top position in the third annual Santa Clara County Spelling Bee.
The winning word was "multilingual."
The Spelling Bee began with 24 of Santa Clara County's exceptional spellers from public, private, and charter schools in grades four through six, and ended with two winners and two alternates.
Both Mohammed and Gandhasri will advance to the state competition in San Joaquin County on Saturday, May 12. Sarkar and Krishna will serve as alternates if the two winners are unable to attend.
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The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional and business services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The SCCOE serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The Office also provides curriculum support, staff development, and technology support and training directly to teachers and staff in schools countywide.