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Midway Elementary School student crowned bee champ
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Aadhav Thaniga, a fifth-grader at Midway Elementary School, won the systemwide spelling bee. He will advance to the regional competition, along with four runners-up, to be held in February. -Photo courtesy Forsyth County Schools

After many rounds of complicated and obscure words, Forsyth County Schools has crowned a 2019 Spelling Bee Champion: fifth-grade Midway Elementary School student Aadhav Thaniga.

Out of 31 participants from the county’s elementary and middle schools, Thaniga won his title by correctly spelling the word, Holi, according to school officials.  

According to school system Communications Facilitator Hannah Samples, in addition to Holi, in the last rounds of the tournament Thaniga and other participants faced off over words like prosciutto, debacle, fantoccini and menhaden in the auditorium of Denmark High School on Saturday. 

Four runners-up were also awarded at the bee, Samples said. Those students include Monish Jampala of Lakeside Middle School; Jasmine White of Vickery Creek Middle School; Aneesh Seemakurthy of South Forsyth Middle School; and Megan McGrath of Daves Creek Elementary School. 

Samples said that the top four winners will now proceed to the regional competition held in Marietta in February.