SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is excited to announce the 2019 California State Elementary Spelling Bee winner, Vayun Krishna. The Palo Alto sixth-grader, who attends Challenger School – Middlefield, also took top honors at the SCCOE Spelling Bee in March.
About 55 fourth- through sixth-grade students from 29 California counties gathered at the San Joaquin County Office of Education for the ninth consecutive year. After the 11th round, Krishna emerged victorious with the winning word, “rapport” (definition: relation characterized by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity).
Also representing Santa Clara County at the state spelling bee was Ari Philip, a sixth-grader from John Sinnott Elementary School in the Milpitas Unified School District. Philip made it to the fourth round.
The Santa Clara County Board of Education will honor Krishna and Philip at a Board meeting on June 19 at 5 p.m.
The 2019 California State Elementary Spelling Bee was sponsored by Teachers College of San Joaquin. All participants received a Kindle Fire inside a Spelling Bee backpack, and Krishna was also awarded a $250 Barnes & Noble gift card.
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Working collaboratively with school and community partners, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) is a regional service agency that provides instructional, business, and technology services to the 31 school districts of Santa Clara County. The County Office of Education directly serves students through special education programs, alternative schools, Head Start and State Preschool programs, migrant education, and Opportunity Youth Academy. The SCCOE also provides academic and fiscal oversight and monitoring to districts in addition to the 21 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.