Kane ROE: County Spelling Bee Champion Tejas Katira's Fantastic Run Ends in Scripps National Competition

Kane ROE: County Spelling Bee Champion Tejas Katira’s Fantastic Run Ends in Scripps National Competition

  • Editor’s Note: This article was posted by Regional Office of Education Communications/Website Coordinator Molly McQueeny and updated as of June 16.

On Saturday, June 12, Tejas Katira of Larsen Middle School competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, representing Kane County. This year’s bee looked different, with contestants participating in the contest virtually. The spellers were shipped all the required technology from Scripps so that they could participate.

“We are exceptionally proud to sponsor the Spelling Bee and of Tejas for his hard work,” said Regional Superintendent of Schools Patricia Dal Santo.

His final word was “seraya.”

Tejas just completed seventh grade in District U-46, and is looking forward to being in eighth grade next year!

More About Tejas

Tejas is a big Chicago Sports fan! His favorite teams to watch are the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears. He also enjoys cooking food, running cross country, and chess.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE POSTED MARCH 24

On March 17, the Kane County Regional Office of Education hosted the countywide virtual spelling bee. This annual event is sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with students competing all throughout the country. 

Tejas Katira

This year’s competition was held virtually, but was still a rigorous task! Congrats to our winner, Tejas Katira, from Larsen Middle School.

In 2nd place was Aashi Keerthi, from Dundee Middle School.
In 3rd place was Bea Castro, from Cambridge Lakes Charter School.

Tejas is now set to compete in the National rounds. This year, the preliminary rounds, quarterfinals, and semifinals will all be held virtually to ensure the safety and health of all participants.

The National Finals will take place in Florida this year on July 8. Typically, the Spelling Bee is hosted in Washington, DC, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and a need for an outdoor location, the bee will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney Resort. The event will be nationally televised.

Thank you to all the schools and sponsors who worked hard to make this happen in a challenging year.

“We are proud to have schools and their commitment to continuing the Spelling Bee this year,” says Patricia Dal Santo, Regional Superintendent of Education. “Schools were creative in finding ways of keeping the event for their students, and their hard work does not go unnoticed.”

For more information on the Scripps National Spelling Bee, visit their website. 

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