Hopewell Middle School student wins Fulton spelling bee

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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.