Justin Shin stood tall and confidently spelled the word I-N-D-I-G-E-S-T-I-O-N to take home the Seventh Annual Culver City Unified School District Spelling Bee title on February 6 at Robert Frost Auditorium. In doing so, the fifth-grader from Farragut Elementary School advanced to the Los Angeles County competition.
Shin finished atop 23 other spellers – four students from each of the district’s five elementary schools and Culver City Middle School competed.
Shin took home a first-place trophy and a $250 savings bond courtesy of Westfield Culver City, which sponsored the event. He will advance to the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 4 p.m. on March 28 at Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St., in Alhambra. The winner of that competition will advance to the statewide spelling bee in Sonoma in May.
Westfield also presented a trophy and a $150 savings bond to second-place finisher Rikesh Patel from La Ballona Elementary School; and a trophy and a $100 savings bond to third-place finisher Alisha Hasan from El Rincon Elementary School. In addition, each participant received a certificate of commendation signed by the District’s superintendent congratulating him or her on reaching the Spelling Bee finals.
The CCUSD Spelling Bee will be broadcast on local television on Comcast on Channel 35 and on Verizon Fios on Channel 36 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 9.
Congratulations to all of the Spelling Bee finalists: Culver City Middle School: Nicholas Green, Lena Johnson, Collin Nascimento and Maryam Nawaz; El Marino Language School: Benjamin Vizcarra-Barton, Isabel Berliner, Grace Hirai and Malaika Stambler; El Rincon Elementary School: Bryan Bae, Tanner Duve, Alisha Hasan and Reese Mercado; Farragut Elementary School: Samuel Chuck, Annie-Jewel Foxworth, Jerry Quesnel and Justin Shin; and La Ballona Elementary School: David Aguirre, Felix Martinez, Felicity Mason and Rikesh Patel; Linwood E. Howe Elementary School: Jesse Castillo, Sierra Chabola, Aubrey Ebanks and Ruby Walsleban.