WA student takes second in state spelling bee

From press reports

Desiree Roby, a 6th grade student from Christian Home Educators
Connection, is Mississippi’s 2013 Spelling Bee Champion.

Desiree spelled the championship word dowager in the 26th round of
the Bee and will advance to the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling
Bee in Washington, D.C., where she will compete against Spelling Bee
Champions from every state in America!

The Runner-Up in the Spelling Bee is Dev Jaiswal, a 6th grade student
from Winston Academy. Dev was eliminated in Round 25 with the word
styptic. Jaiswal earned first place in 2012 and competed in the
National Spelling Bee.

The Mississippi Spelling Bee was broadcast live on Mississippi Public
Broadcasting (MPB). MPB plans to air this exciting event again so
check your local listings for the exact date and time.

Twenty-nine students from across Mississippi competed for the
Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee Title. The Mississippi
Association of Educators (MAE) has sponsored this event for the past
five years and was honored to have Kevin Farrell, Assistant Director
of Radio for MPB, as the official pronouncer for the competition.

The Mississippi Association of Educators will fund the expenditures
for Desiree and one parent for the National Spelling Bee which will
be televised May 28 – 30, 2013. MAE is committed to ensuring
Mississippi students are represented at the national level and wishes
to congratulate all the winners who participated in Tuesday’s
spelling competition.

Since 1878, MAE has been an advocate for great public schools for
every student. The Mississippi Association of Educators continues to
focus on student achievement and student success while empowering
school employees, providing quality services and promoting parental/
community involvement.

MAE wishes to thank our partners, Mississippi Public Broadcasting and
the Mississippi Teacher Center for their support of this educational

For additional information concerning the Mississippi Spelling Bee,
please contact Jerri McGee at 601-354-4463 or jmcgee@nea.org.