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SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education congratulates Vikrant Chintanaboina for competing in the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
The 13-year-old seventh-grader from Discovery Charter School Falcon Campus was eliminated in the same round on June 1. His word was tyroglyphid. Chintanaboina competed previously in 2019. He was part of a group of competitors who tied for 51st place.
“Congratulations to Vikrant for representing his school, our region, and himself on a national level,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan. “Participating in spelling bees engages students in spelling, vocabulary, and literacy.”
The Scripps National Spelling Bee aims to improve spelling and increase vocabulary. The inaugural bee was in 1925 when nine newspapers collaborated to host a spelling bee. This year, 234 spellers traveled to Maryland for the national competition held from May 31 through June 2. This is the first in-person bee since 2019.
Students who have not completed eighth grade yet, reached their 15 birthday or won a previous bee come from all over the nation, U.S. territories and other countries to compete for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion and a $50,000 cash prize. Each year, students participate in classroom and school spelling bees before advancing to local area bees. The winners of these local bee competitions journey to the national finals before proceeding to D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
To learn more about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, please visit https://spellingbee.com/.
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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 22 Santa Clara County Board of Education authorized charter schools.
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