Melanie Taylor, I-SS deputy superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, poses for a photo with spelling bee champion Praneeth Devireddy (front left) and runner-up Tofarati Agbebi.

Third-grader wins I-SS spelling bee

Posted at 7:36 AM on Feb 11, 2018


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Iredell-Statesville Schools held its annual district-wide spelling bee on Thursday, Feb. 8, in Mac Gray Auditorium located on the campus of Statesville High School. A student from each elementary school and each middle school competed for their chance at the district title. After the rules were explained, a practice round was held to allow the students the opportunity to become familiar with the process.

At 9:51 a.m. it was time to begin and Sherrard Martin, director of curriculum support for I-SS, began calling the words.

Students approached the microphone one at a time, adjusting it to their height and trying their best to announce the correct spelling of the word. They were allowed to ask language of origin, the definition, and for the announcer to use it in a sentence to ensure the speller understood the word they were asked to spell.

The bee continued for 30 rounds, until Praneeth Devireddy spelled his word correctly and entered into the championship round.

With the correct spelling of his championship word, Praneeth, a third-grader at Coddle Creek Elementary School, became the 2018 Iredell-Statesville Schools Spelling Bee Champion. He was still in disbelief that he had won.

“I was kinda nervous at first, but it feels good and I’m excited,” he said.

Although he was one of the youngest students to compete this year, Praneeth didn’t let that stop him. He will represent the district in the regional spelling bee held on March 18, in Winston-Salem. He plans to practice even harder.

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