Oviya Amalraj, a J. Michael Lunsford Middle School sixth grade student, needed elan to get through 10 rounds and win the 41st annual Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Spelling Bee on March 9.
“Elan,” meaning “energy, enthusiasm and style,” was the winning word. Erdern Dolgoon, a Dayan Academy eighth grader, was the runner up.
Oviya advanced to the 95th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland which begins on May 31. Approximately 230 spellers from around the nation will compete, according to the Scripps website.
“I’m very proud of all the participants and wish Oviya the best of luck at the National Spelling Bee,” stated interim Superintendent Daniel W. Smith. “I’m always awestruck by our young people who, at an early age, are demonstrating a mastery and enthusiasm for the language.”
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