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Georgia Spelling Bee Competition
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Georgia Spelling Bee Competition

DOWNTOWN --  After a grueling 20 Round Spelling Bee which lasted to over 250 words, Simola Nayak from Henderson Middle School was named the winner after spelling "tautologous".  Simola is 13 years of age and in the 8th grade.  Her opponent is a familiar competitor who she ha sparred with in the past.  Andalib Malit Samandari is from the same district, same age, same grade, yet attends Renfroe Middle School.

It was a hard fought battle, but the 2 fully enjoyed it and Simola could not hide her excitement that now she will represent Georgia in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in late May.

The following are the nine [GAE] districts’ and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) winners and runners-up:

District/Local Winners/Runners-up Grade/ School Age

1 W / Fannin Clifford (Will) Shirah 6 / Fannin County Middle 12
1 R / Trion City Maci Bicknell 8 / Trion Middle 13
2 W / Cobb Patrick Wu 7 / Dickerson Middle 11
2 R / Cobb Andrew Taylor 8 / Palmer Middle 13
3 W / Gwinnett Kelsey Dabrowski 8 / Berkmar Middle 14
3 R/ Home School Lexine Feng 4 / Christian Home Educators
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4 W / DeKalb Simola Nayak 8 / Henderson Middle 13
4 R / Decatur City Andalib Malit Samandari 8 / Renfroe Middle 13
5 W / Rockdale Jazz Duncan 7 / Memorial Middle 12
5 R / Clayton Brittany Chopra 7 / Rex Mill Middle 13
6 W / Bibb Billy Chung 5 / Vineville Academy 11
6 R / Bibb Junus Searcy 6 / Howard Middle 12
7 W / Newton Taylor Underwood 6 / Providence Christian 12
7 R / Clarke Thomas M. Willey 8 / Clarke County Middle 14
8 W/ Brantley Shereen Farooq 8 / Brantley County Middle 13 
8 R / Sav.-Chatham Nio Williams 5 / West Chatham Elem. 11 
9 W / Early Davia Elizabeth Lexin Allen 4 / Early County Elem. 9 
9 R / Berrien Taylor Rinberger 8 / Berrien Middle 13
GISA / W Ariel N. Steele 8 / Brookstone School 13 
GISA / R Ananya Malhotra 8/ Holy Redeemer Catholic 13
*Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) 
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