GAE State Spelling Bee

2021 GAE REGION BEE WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP AND STATE FINALISTS

Bee Region/System                  Name                                Grade/ School                               Age   

1 W/ Paulding                             Riley Linde                        8 / Carl Scoggins Sr. Middle     13
1 R/ Bremen City                       Alicia Viera                        8 / Bremen Middle                       14   
2 W/ Forsyth                                Cindy Zhou                       5 / Haw Creek Elementary        11
2 R/ Cobb                                      Gracie Dong                     5 / East Side Elementary           11
3 W/ Gwinnett                             Long Nguyen                   8 / Sweetwater Middle               13
3 R/ Gwinnett                              Cayden Mader                5 / Starling Elementary              10
4 W/ DeKalb                                 Sanjeda Jamal               4 / Huntley Hills Elementary      9
4 R/ DeKalb                                  Christian Wilson            6 / Champion Theme School   12
5 W/ Henry***                             Ananya Augustine         7 / Eagle’s Landing Middle        13
5 R/ Clayton                                 Sanieya Largent             8 / Elite Scholars Academy       14
6 W/ Crawford                             AiKevia Rutland             8 / Crawford County Middle     13
6 R/Houston                                Jaylen Jessie                   5 / Parkwood Elementary         11
7 W/ Columbia                            Saisurya Lakkimsetti   6/ Stallings Island Middle          11
7 R/ Putnam                                 Kellsey Ortega                6/ Putnam County Middle        11
8 W/ Bryan                                    Nevaeh Lovett                8 / Bryan County Middle            13
8 R/ Glynn                                     Kara Nuque                     7 / Needwood Middle                  12
9 W/ Decatur County                Gurpreet Kaur                8 / Bainbridge Middle                  14
9 R/ Brooks                                   Lillian McCray                4 / North Brooks Elementary      9
GISA- W/ Peachtree Corners Troy Nguyen                   7 / The Wesleyan School             12
GISA – R/Brookhaven               Rex Nassah                    7 / Marist School                             12

*Photos are in order from left to right and down.
** Each region winner/runner-up will be sent their respective 1st/2nd place trophy, along with $200/$100 voucher, certificate, pin and ribbon.
***2020 State Runner-up

To the Georgia Spelling Bee Community: Post region

The GAE State Spelling Bee Committee (GAESSBC) is very appreciative of everyone’s patience as we have collectively worked through holding our spelling bees in the era of COVID. The challenges that COVID-19 has presented in Georgia’s public school classrooms, by association, has also made this bee year challenging for all those participating in their local, county, and region spelling bees.  But through it all, we have arrived at our final 20 spellers for the 2021 Georgia Association of Educators' (GAE) State Spelling Bee Championship.

The State Bee Championship, to be held on March 19, 2021 at 11 a.m., will be conducted utilizing the same Scripps Testing Platform as was used for your region bee. Therefore, there will be no video of the bee to view or share.

The Scripps platform written test will utilize 50 randomly selected words that have not been on a previous study list.  Each of the 20 finalists will be taking their test at their home or school location on March 19, 2021 beginning at 11 a.m. sharp!  As with the region bee, the test will begin with an integrity pledge to which each finalist must agree.  The timed test – 30 minutes for 50 words, will consist of 25 vocabulary and 25 spelling words.  After each student completes their test, each test will be tabulated and scored.  The two students with the highest scores will be named the state champion and runner-up.  State finalists will be contacted by email soon regarding preparations for the state championship.

This year, due to the global pandemic, Scripps says the national finals will likely consist of a combination of virtual and in-person rounds. They will virtually whittle down national contestants to between 10 to 12 spellers who will then travel to the ESPN Center in Orlando, FL, in July for an in-person Finals. Our state champion and runner-up will participate in the early virtual written rounds and hopefully one or both will make it to the in-person final of 10-12 finalists.

To prepare for the State level of competition, the finalists should study the 2021 Words of the Champions, a list of 4,000 study words. Understand though, that those words may not necessarily appear on the State level test. Remember, that this is ultimately about learning how to breakdown a word, its origins, diacritical markings, etc., to ascertain the answer. Attached is a PDF copy of the list for your convenience.

Please always feel free to send us your questions and/or concerns at gaebee@gae.org.

Left  to right:
GAE Past-President Charlotte Booker and
Past-Secretary-Treasurer Justin Johnson
congratulate champion Arushi Cumer and runner-up Ananya Augustine

2020 Scrips National Spelling Bee was canceled due to the pandemic.  While a great disappointment to our state champion and runner-up Ananya Augustine, GAE applauds them both for their hard work and dedication.

Arushi at the 2019 Scripps Nationals

Arushi at the Nationals!

Bee Study Resources

The GAE Spelling Bee Committee does not furnish any practice list of words to use for your speller. The ultimate recommended guide is using Webster’s 3rd New Unabridged Online International Dictionary as a study reference (http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/).   Your school can access any Scripps study material once it has enrolled and has the receipt of the enrollment fee.  Those materials may be downloaded and printed for the school winner for ongoing study.

For additional popular study sites search for Bee study resources.

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