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2019 SPELLING BEE FINALISTS Congratulations to these 39 student-spellers who will compete in the 33 Annual St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee Finals on Saturday, March 16, at McKendree University. RD

In the opening rounds, more than 15,000 students from charter, home, private and public schools in Missouri and Illinois competed in their school-level spelling bees. Approximately 270 students competed in the semi-finals of this year’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee.

The winner of the St. Louis area finals will advance to the national finals at the 92ND annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS SPELLED AT LEAST 23 OUT OF 25 WORDS CORRECTLY DURING THE SEMI-FINAL ROUND. STUDENTS ARE LISTED ALPHABETICALLY BY FIRST NAME.

ABHINAV DUKKIPATI

FRANCIS HOWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL

ABHIRAM MADALA

CROSSROADS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ADRIAN NGUYEN

LAKSHMI MADALA FRONTIER MIDDLE SCHOOL

MARCUS KING

THE GOVERNOR FRENCH ACADEMY

MARGARET BURCH

WORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN SCHOOL

WEST COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS

AKSHAJ VARIATH

NEWMAN SHEN

PARKWAY CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

P.E.G.S. SOUTH-KENNERLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ALICE LIU

RUSSELL HAYNES

CRESTVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL

PRAIRIE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

AMELIA ZHANG

RYAN MERZ

ALBERT CASSENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ARJAV JAIN

ABIDING SAVIOR LUTHERAN SCHOOL

RYAN NORRIS

LADUE FIFTH GRADE CENTER

SAINTS JOACHIM & ANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL

BROOKLYN HARVEY

RYAN SMITH

HOLLENBECK MIDDLE SCHOOL

CHIDUBEM IGBO

M.I.C.D.S.

RYAN YANG

CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

WABASH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CLAIRE MOYLAN

SAM LIPSUTZ

MAPLEWOOD-RICHMOND HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

NORTHEAST MIDDLE SCHOOL

COLETTE GIEZENTANNER

SEAN WARD

ROBERT H. SPERRENG MIDDLE SCHOOL

VALLEY PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL

DHRUV LAHOTI

SEBASTIAN SCHULTZ

ANDREWS ACADEMY

DHYANESH BHATT

INDEPENDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

SIENNA STATEN

HARVEST RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

TILLMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EDDIE FENG

SOPHIA "SASSY" SALEEBY

WILD HORSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ETHAN GEORGE

LADUE MIDDLE SCHOOL

SUPRATIK GANTI

WOERTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

PROGRESS SOUTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HARINI GOTTUMUKKALA

WILLA REITH

FORT ZUMWALT SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

LONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HAWA-LARAI HARRUNA

WILLIAM BUYSKE

MASON RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

ST. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL SCHOOL

JOSHUA ROODHOUSE HALE

YASH SHELAR

DR. BERNARD J. DUBRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL

KENAN STRAHM

MARYVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

KHADIJA KHAN

NORTH KIRKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL

PRESENTED BY:

ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART

YUKTHA RAYANI

ELLISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL