Preetham Gandla moves on to the Regional Spelling Bee

a teacher standing between two students
Preetham Gandla, the winner of Menands School Spelling Bee. Ms. Purdy, organized the school bee. Adhiraa Sivakumar, the runner-up.

The winner of this year’s annual Menands Spelling Bee is eighth grader Preetham Gandla. The runner-up is sixth grader Adhiraa Sivakumar. They both received a gift certificate courtesy of the PTA.  

parents sitting in classroom and students lined up We wish Preetham luck as he moves on to the Regional Spelling Bee on March 15 that will be conducted through Zoom. If he advances regionally, he will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. 

Parents came to see our eleven students in grades 4-8 who participated in our school bee. The top two students in each grade qualified for the schoolwide contest by taking a spelling test in their homerooms. In fourth and seventh grades, however, there were three who advanced due to a three-way tie with perfect scores.

Congratulations to the students who competed in this round

4th grade

  • Ananya Enumadi
  • Lincoln Mahany
  • Adveth Sunooj

5th grade 

  • Cirai Haynes
  • Evie Blanchette

6th grade

  • Meenakshi Nair
  • Adhiraa Sivakumar

7th grade

  • Varun Prabhu
  • Cyrus Smith
  • Kendell Rose 

8th grade

  • Preetham Gandla
  • Adithya Thumilan