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Fremont elementary school students win spelling bee, advance to state competition

A pair of Fremont elementary school students tied for first in the Alameda County spelling bee Saturday and will advance to the state finals next month. Colleague Rick Radin covered the Castro Valley contest

Here’s an Alameda County Office of Education press release with more details:

HAYWARD, Calif. – Fremont, Oakland and Dublin students won the annual Alameda County Spelling Bee hosted by the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) on March 16 in Castro Valley. Fremont students Sahir Qureshi from Niles Elementary School and Anish Punaroor from Parkmont Elementary School made history as the first two to tie for first place in the elementary (grades 4-6) competition. Oakland student Aaron Fried from Edna Brewer Middle School won first place in the junior high (grades 7-8) competition, followed by Dublin student Karah Pedregosa from Fallon Middle School. The winners will advance to the elementary state finals on April 20 in Stockton and the junior high state finals on May 11 in San Rafael.

Elementary (Grades 4-6) Winners

28 students from 22 Alameda County schools competed in the elementary competition. The top two competitors will advance to the state final competition on Saturday, April 20 in Stockton.

1st Place (tie) – Sahir Qureshi, 5th Grade, Niles Elementary School, Fremont USD

1st Place (tie) – Anish Punaroor, 6th Grade, Parkmont Elementary School, Fremont USD

3rd Place – Ruhani Kapoor, 6th Grade, Mission Valley Elementary School, Fremont USD

4th Place – Timothy Brahan, 4th Grade, Weibel Elementary School, Fremont USD

Junior High (Grades 7-8) Winners

12 students from seven Alameda County schools competed in the junior high competition. The top two competitors will advance to the state final competition on Saturday, May 11 in San Rafael.

1st Place – Aaron Freid, 8th Grade, Edna Brewer Middle School, Oakland USD

2nd Place – Karah Pedregosa, 7th Grade, Fallon Middle School, Dublin USD

3rd Place – Dong Kim, 8th Grade, Fallon Middle School, Dublin USD

4th Place – Vade Shah, 7th Grade, Wells Middle School, Dublin USD

 

Chris DeBenedetti