Hopewell Middle School student Alina Baiju won the Fulton County spelling bee Feb. 2 by spelling belligerent. (click for larger version)
February 12, 2013
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. The 2013 Fulton County Schools spelling bee was held Feb. 2 at Ison Springs Elementary School. Nearly 70 students in grades 4-8 represented their schools in several competitive rounds.
Alina Baiju from Hopewell Middle School was crowned the winner after she edged out tough competitor Sean O'Neal from Findley Oaks Elementary School. She had to correctly spell "belligerent" to win the title. Baiju now advances to the district spelling bee on Feb. 23 along with the other top contestants:
First place Alina Baiju, Hopewell Middle School
Second place Sean O'Neal, Findley Oaks Elementary School
Third place Yumin Shivdasani, Wilson Creek Elementary School
Fourth place Emmanuelle LaMarche, Hillside Elementary School
Fifth place Ananya Ghose, Taylor Road Middle School
Sixth place Marianne LaMarche, Holcomb Bridge Middle School
Seventh place Rylan Monahan, Elkins Pointe Middle School
Eighth place/alternate Sameer Khan, Crabapple Middle School
The top two students at the district level will move on to the state bee on March 15. The Georgia Association of Educators sponsors the district and state competitions.