SAN JOSE, CA – After 15 rounds, Aziza Mohammed, a sixth-grade student from Granada Islamic School in Santa Clara County emerged victorious in this year's spelling competition.
She bested 54 fourth-through sixth-grade students from 28 counties at the California State Elementary Spelling Bee hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education where students faced-off in a round-style competition, students were eliminated when they misspell a word.
This year, the winning word was "camaraderie."
The state's top four spellers also include Rishik Gandhasri of Silver Oak Elementary, in Santa Clara County a sixth grader who took fourth place. Both Gandhasri and Mohammed qualified for the state competition after competing in the Santa Clara County Spelling Bee.
"Spelling Bees provide a great opportunity for students and their families and surrounding community to work together to help their children develop their knowledge and confidence as they compete in a supportive environment," stated County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Ann Dewan.
Santa Clara County Board of Education will honor Mohammed and her family on June 13.
(State winners From Left to Right: Vivian Le of Alameda County, Rishik Gandhasri of Santa Clara County, Aziza Mohammed of Santa Clara County, Mark Ames Salama of Marin County, and Ava Carlson of Marin County)
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