3rd Place National Spelling Bee

Our 2017 Suburban Cook County Regional ISC Scripps Spelling Bee Champion was our repeat winner from last year, Mira Dedhia, 8th grader from McClure Jr HS in Western Springs,  Mira was one of 291 participants from various states in the US  along with other students from Canada, Guam, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea and The Bahamas who participated in the  90th Year of the National Scripps Spelling Bee competition in DC, during the week of May 29-June 1.  
Mira was one of the 15 finalists following grueling rounds of spelling and vocabulary competition who competed on June 1 on ESPN to try and become the coveted National Scripps Spelling Bee Champion.  By finishing 3rd at the National Bee, which is a phenomenal accomplishment,  Mira received a Medal from Scripps National Spelling Bee, $20,000 cash, along with many other prestigious prizes. In preparation for the National event, Mira studied two (2) hours daily throughout the school year including weekends with her mother, Dr. Lekshmi Nair,a spelling bee finalist at Scripps representing St. Louis from 1988-1990, who coached Mira on spelling strategies.   Mira has said, "I want to coach and help other spelling bee students nest year."

Scripps views spelling as all inclusive and tries to parallel the Common Core Standards,, and not just words, but vocabulary,literacy and definitions which is evident in the behind the scenes preliminaries tests.  

We would like to thank Paula Conrad, Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship at ComEd for their generous grant award and continued sponsorship of our ISC Scripps Spelling Bees, without this funding our bees would not be a reality.

This is such an incredible opportunity and journey for our elementary students in Suburban Cook County.  Our previous champions and their families have considered this as an experience  and memories of a lifetime along with networking of friends throughout the world.  All it takes is our commitment to academic excellence including the support of spelling at the local level.  We hope to see all of our elementary schools in the North Cook region to partake of this exceptional opportunity!

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