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  • Writer's pictureJenna White

Scripts National Spelling Bee Recap

Last Sunday afternoon, FCCPTA hosted the Scripts National Spelling Bee for the 16th consecutive year. As the regional sponsor, FCCPTA hosts schools from public, private/parochial, virtual/online and homeschools from across Fairfax County and Alexandria City.

This year 53 champions participation after securing their title from the school. Participants were treated to "swag bags" with t shirts and goodies. The format of the event included 1 written round and 1 oral round for all spellers, with 20 Finalists declared. From there, 12 oral rounds were conducted until the last spellers were standing.

The winning word? "Rebus", spelled correctly by Charlotte Walsh, a 7th grade student at Compass Homeschool Enrichment. Ms Walsh will go on to represent our region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29-June 3rd at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Additional winners were Ankita Balaji (5th), from Floris ES and Nikita Ramakrishnan (5th), from Poplar Tree ES. Congratulations to all participants and winners!

A special thanks our terrific Pronouncer and trio of Bee Judges who made sure that the 2022 Fairfax County Spelling Bee ran smoothly. These experienced and dedicated officials all volunteered their Sunday afternoon to give the spellers a wonderful experience:

  • Blake Giddens - Pronouncer

  • Adrienne Burton - Judge

  • Sarah Lundquist - Judge

  • Gayle Schlueter - Judge

Thank You to our Financial Sponsors, whose support makes it possible for FCCPTA to hold the Scripps Spelling Bee Program in Fairfax County and Alexandria City:

  • CHAMPION SPONSOR: Pat Stack, Esq,

  • ADVOCATE SPONSOR: Fairfax County Federation of Teachers

  • FRIEND SPONSOR: Optimist Club of Greater Vienna,

  • FRIEND SPONSOR: Eye Level of Alexandria,

Thank You to our In-Kind Sponsors who provided the spellers' snacks and souvenirs:

  • Campers Awards & Trophies, (trophies)

  • Educational Products, Inc., (t-shirts)

  • Papa John's, (pizza cards & pizza-for-a-year prize)

  • Wegmans, (speller goodie bags)

Looking forward to next year? Enrollment opens late August, check for FCCPTA emails and social media posts to enroll your school!

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