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Top spellers keep audience spellbound

By Theresa Harrington
Saturday, March 26th, 2011 at 6:02 pm in Contra Costa County, Education, Theresa Harrington.

There were several familiar faces at the 35th Annual Contra Costa County Spelling Bee today, including some students returning for the third and fourth times.

But the winner was a first-time contestant who quickly beat her competitors by correctly spelling the word “adage.”

Here’s a rundown of the winners:
1) Kate Anoufrieva, grade 8, Walnut Creek Intermediate, Walnut Creek
2) Varun Jain, grade 6, Dorris-Eaton School, Walnut Creek
3) Monishaa Suresh, grade 8, Diablo View MS, Clayton
4) Micalyn Struble, grade 5, Valle Verde Elementary in Walnut Creek
5) Zoe Tacderas, Holy Rosary School, Antioch
6) Samantha Dumalig, grade 8, Sequoia MS, Pleasant Hill
7) Natassya Brigitta, grade 8, Dallas Ranch MS in Antioch
8) Michelle Zaw, grade 6, Edna Hill MS in Brentwood
9) Annie Jeong, grade 5, Montair Elementary in Danville
10) Brigitte Jia, grade 5, Los Perales Elementary School in Moraga

Kate, 14, of Walnut Creek, will represent the county at the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29-June 4 in Washington, D.C. She won an all-expense paid trip with an escort (most likely her parent), a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, a $100 Series EE U.S. Savings Bond donated by Jay Sugarman of the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica and a trophy donated by the Contra Costa Times, which sponsored the event at the Tice Valley Gym in Walnut Creek.

Varun won a Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, donatted by Merriam Webster, Inc.; a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com donated by Scripps National Spelling Bee; a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica and a trophy donated by the Contra Costa Times.

Monishaa won a $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com donated by Scripps National Spelling Bee; a one-year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online donated by Encyclopaedia Britannica and a trophy donated by the Contra Costa Times.

Fourth- through 10th place finishers also received trophies.
In addition, Varun and Micalyn will represent the county at the state elementary spelling bee and Monishaa and Zoe will represent Contra Costa at the junior high state championship.

Here are the words the other finalists received, but missed:
“bulgur,” “bailiwick,” “ankh,” “bibliognost,” “raucity,” “presentient,” “cordate,” and “obfuscatory.”

Complete spelling bee rules are at http://www.spellingbee.com. A guide to words used in the county bee is at http://myspellit.com.

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