Frisco ISD students took five of the top ten places in the Collin County Spelling Bee held earlier this month at Boyd High School in McKinney.
More than 70 students in fourth through eighth grade participated in the competition, which challenged students to spell words many people can’t even pronounce.
Maus Middle School sixth grader Revanth Muppana finished in second place, falling in seven rounds with the word bacteriophage.
Muppana was defeated only by eighth grader Chetan Reddy of Plano ISD’s Rice Middle School, a four-time winner of the Collin County Spelling Bee, three-time winner of the Dallas Morning News Regional Spelling Bee and three-time participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
This was the first year Maus hosted a spelling bee and sent a student to compete in the county bee. Only sixth graders participated in the competition.
“Revanth’s mother quizzed him over a large list of recommended words, approximately 50 words a night and then 100 words per night,” said Ginger McClendon, Maus sixth grade study skills teacher. “We are so proud of Revanth’s hard work and to call him a friend, student and Mountain Lion.”
Other Frisco ISD students finishing in the top ten include:
Fourth place, Nisha Ramdeep of Fowler Middle School
Fifth place, Carter Brock of Vandeventer Middle School
Ninth place, Aisley George of Christie Elementary School
Tenth place, Madhuri Kesani of Wester Middle School
Each student who participated in the Collin County Spelling Bee won a spelling bee at their respective school. All should be commended for their efforts.
Additional FISD participants include: Shinjini Mukherjee, Anderson Elementary School; Issac Mathew, Ashley Elementary School; Noelle Saul, Bledsoe Elementary School; Harshil Gupta, Carroll Elementary School; Jason Zhu, Clark Middle School; Samantha Tee, Comstock Elementary School; Bernadette Montefalcon, Elliott Elementary School; Viha Vishwanathan, Fisher Elementary School; Swetha Anbu, Gunstream Elementary School; Gouzia Sivarajah, Mooneyham Elementary School; Drew Haslam, Phillips Elementary School; William Ferguson, Purefoy Elementary School; Minh Nguyen, Shawnee Trail Elementary School; Cory Shen, Smith Elementary School; Trevor McBride, Staley Middle School; Austin Ma, Taylor Elementary School; Rohan Nagabhirava, Riddle Elementary School; Lillie Vukin, Roach Middle School; Cecily Coleman, Scoggins Middle School and Arnav Amit, Tadlock Elementary School.