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Front row, from left: Churchill Road Spelling Bee winners Nia Brockelman (2rd runner up), Brandon Torng, (first place) and Eliana Schoenberg (1st runner up). Second row, from left: Churchill Road Spelling Bee finalists: Isabella Zhu, Jasmine Wang, Rupa Siva, Anya Patel, Oliver Tu, Ethan Hsaio, Daniel Cao, Riya Dev, Laney Moy, Austin Shi, Ethan Schoenberg, Pratyush Jaishanker, Reevu Adakroy, Justin Chen and James Lee. Not pictured: Sahana Ramesh and Areej Khatri.

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Spelling Bee Championship Held at Churchill Road

On Feb. 24, Churchill Road Elementary crowned a new champion in the school’s sixth annual Spelling Bee. Sixth grader Brandon Torng won the championship after 13 rounds by correctly spelling the word “glockenspiel.” Of his spelling bee experience, Brandon said: “It was really exciting to win and it was a great experience. It was hard work (studying for the bee), but it was worth it.” Brandon will be representing Churchill Road at the county Spelling Bee later in March. Congratulations also to the first runner up, fifth grader Eliana Schoenberg, and second runner up, fourth grader Nia Brockelman. The winner of the Fairfax County Bee will advance to the Scripps National Bee in Washington, D.C. The school is thankful to parent Shivu John and the many parent volunteers for organizing this event and to second grade teacher Cindy Zemke for serving as the Bee’s pronouncer.


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