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Oakland spellers d-o-m-i-n-a-t-e county bee

Oakland kids took first, second and – yes – third place in Alameda County Spelling Bee over the weekend, nailing the likes of ”paraphernalia,” “atherosclerosis,” “supercilious” and “unconscionable.”


photo courtesy of J. K. Keck. Pictured, from left: Emily DeLuna, Chloe Killebrew-Bruehl, Karl Keck and Kaushik Kashi (fourth place winner from Dublin’s Fallon Middle School)

Karl Keck, a fifth grader at Chabot Elementary, withstood an intense, 20-minute final elimination round against second place winner Emily Deluna, a sixth-grader at Alliance Academy, by correctly spelling “septuagenarian” and “exorbitant.”


photo of Karl Keck by Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group

Chloe Killebrew-Bruel, a fifth-grade student at Peralta Elementary School, took third place.

Karl and Emily will advance to the California State Elementary Spelling Championship. It takes place May 16 at Sonoma State University.

Joe Proudman wrote a story for our sister paper, The Daily Review, on the bee. You can find it here.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.