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Cascades Blog: The best speller in Loudoun, again

Rishubh Kaushal of Seneca Ridge Middle School once again earned the top spot in the annual Loudoun County Regional Spelling Bee—his second win in two years. This year’s win came after the eighth grader prevailed in a 23-round spell-a-thon with Anoushka Upadhye, a seventh grader at Stone Hill Middle School. Kaushal earned a spot at the 89th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington in May.

The Eastern Loudoun students also participating in the spelling bee included Dhruv Anurag of Potowmack Elementary School, Gio Aungsupaisal of Sully Elementary, Kiran Bajaj of River Bend Middle School, Abigail Belachew of Horizon Elementary, Manav Gagvani of Lowes Island Elementary, Valentina Granados-Tobias of Rolling Ridge Elementary, Mujtaba Jarral of Sterling Middle School, Nischal Jha of Countryside Elementary, Lily Jacobs of Sterling Elementary, Samuel Melaku of Sugarland Elementary, Selen Proulx of Algonkian Elementary and Maya Sachdev of Meadowland Elementary School.

Turning Point

Patricia DePew, executive director and CEO of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, speaks to the CountrySide Women’s Club March 10 about the 72-year-old American suffragist movement and how, nearly 100 years after winning the right to vote, the women on the front lines of the struggle have not been commemorated or honored.

The association is building a memorial at Occoquan Regional Park, near the Occoquan Workhouse, where suffragists were imprisoned in harsh conditions during the struggle to win voting rights for American women. In addition, the organization is establishing the Turning Point Institute to provide education programs for middle and high school girls and developing facilities at the Turning Point Memorial that will become part of the new Constitution Trail, which includes the National Archives, Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall and Montpelier.

The CountrySide Women’s Club meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the Parkway Pool meeting room, located at 46020 Algonkian Parkway. Non-members are welcome to attend. For information, call 703-430-6505.

Cascades Rapids

Cascades Rapids Head Coach Susan Schlemmer is returning for a sixth season at the helm of the Cascades Rapids swim team—and registration for the 2017 season is underway. Participation is open to youngsters ages 5 to 18. No experience is required, although team members should be able to swim one length of the pool unaided—an occasional doggie paddle is acceptable. The season begins May 30 and ends in early August. For information, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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