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Top young spellers in Forsyth County compete Saturday
Annual bee at South Forsyth High

Top spellers

School representatives for the 2014-15 Forysth County Spelling Bee:


Elementary schools

* Big Creek — Srihitha Dasari

* Brookwood — Anjana Iyer

* Chattahoochee — Bryce Riemersma

* Chestatee — Kira Westen

* Coal Mountain — Elena Pope

* Cumming — Kate Johnston

* Daves Creek — Monish Jampala

* Haw Creek — Jiwon Park

* Johns Creek — Kundhavi Tiruchinapalli

* Kelly Mill — Nishad Sankar

* Mashburn — Gabi Somoza

* Matt — Noah Dotson

* Midway — Rithvik Amilineni

* Sawnee — Jack Bonogofsky

* Settles Bridge — Nimish Parag Kadam

* Sharon — Varoon Kodithala

* Shiloh Point — Lindsay Day

* Silver City — Ashlyn Dickerson

* Vickery Creek — Saumya Bajaj

* Whitlow — Christine Lee


Middle schools

* Lakeside — Aditi Bhatia

* Liberty — Vincent Duke

* Little Mill — Claire Canada

* North — Maggie Shepherd

* Otwell — Amy Anderson

* Piney Grove — Uditi Srivastava

* Riverwatch — Sindhu Dwarampudi

* South — Tharini Ramakrishnan Kavitha

* Vickery Creek — Varun Kumar


Source: Forsyth County Schools

SOUTH FORSYTH — Representatives from Forsyth County’s 29 elementary and middle schools will gather Saturday to test their knowledge of the English language. Or rather, how to spell words in it.

The one who spells his or her way through the 2014-15 spelling competition will become this year’s queen — or king — bee.

Set for 9 to 11 a.m. in the auditorium at South Forsyth High, the local contest is a step in the road to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But first, contestants must edge their local peers.

Students will compete in the traditional spelling bee format, said Hannah Orr, with options for pronunciations, origins and definitions.

Elementary and middle school contestants (fourth through eighth grades) compete together.

A winner and two runners-up will represent the county in the District 2, or metro Atlanta, Spelling Bee at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.

Orr said the local school system has previously sent students to the statewide bee, which will take place March 20, but it couldn’t immediately be determined in what year.

The judges include Linda Lang of the Forsyth County Retired Educators Association, Derek Brooks of Brandywine Printing and Sally Campbell, president of the local chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators, which is also sponsoring the competition.

James McCoy, president and CEO of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce, will emcee the bee.

Last year, Piney Grove Middle School seventh-grader Anish Bikmal won by correctly spelling “vindictive.”