Twelve-year-old, Shradha Rachamreddy, a sixth grader at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin, was named the 2022 California State Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion.
Twelve-year-old, Shradha Rachamreddy, a sixth grader at The Quarry Lane School in Dublin, was named the 2022 California State Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion this past weekend. The Bee was held at the San Joaquin Office of Education, which coordinates the event. Shradha won the Bee with the winning word, "bacciferous", an adjective defined as "bearing or producing berries".
Shradha will be one of two students to represent California at the 94th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this June in Washington D.C. Shradha was crowned the Quarry Lane All-School Spelling Bee champion in February and moved on to win the Alameda County Spelling Bee in March.
To prepare for the Bee, Shradha uses the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, online spelling practice software, tutoring, and active participation in various Spelling Bee events.
As about Shradha's achievement broke on campus at Quarry Lane, her teachers, friends, and classmates were excited to congratulate her. "Shradha is truly a talented and intelligent student; I am beyond proud of her achievement. Since the first day she entered my classroom, she was charismatic and outgoing. Not only did she demonstrate studious behavior, but her sensitivity to the nuances within literature, and her passion for reading and writing were evident. Her dedication to her studies is certainly recognized through this achievement," says Ms. Jaclyn Alagna, English Literature and Language teacher at Quarry Lane. As for the her classmate's reaction to the news, Ms. Alagna says, "Shradha's peers helped to inspire, encourage, and support her each step of the way. When we learned of her accomplishment, the whole class erupted in applause!"
Dozens of students from across the state competed in the State Spelling Bee. The runner-up for the California State Elementary School Spelling Bee was Rishabh Saha from Merced County.