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Posted February 17, 2011

McMeans Junior High student Lance Gopilan won First Place in the 2011 Katy ISD Spelling Bee that took place this week. Gopilan’s winning word was “mortician” in the bee that went 18 rounds for more than two hours. The 2011 Runner Up is Hrishikech Srinivasan, a student at Creech Elementary. Both students went home with a large trophy donated by Custom Awards & Engraving in Katy, and both students will advance as equals HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee in March.

“This is the first year that Katy ISD has been able to send two students to the regional competition,” says Deborah Hubble, assistant principal at Morton Ranch Elementary and one of the organizers of the 2011 Spelling Bee. “Both students did an outstanding job and will represent the district well.”

Each year, Katy ISD fourth through eighth grade students complete a qualifying spelling test at their home campus. The top 20 scoring students are invited to participate in campus-level spelling bees. A first place winner and an alternate from each Katy ISD elementary (grades 4-5) and junior high campus (grades 6-8) are invited to the district spelling bee where they receive a certificate and trophy for their campus win. First place winners, and alternates when applicable, participate in the district bee for a chance to move on to the regional level.

The HoustonPBS Regional Spelling Bee covers 42 counties and will take place on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the PBS studios at the University of Houston, and will be broadcast live on HoustonPBS. The regional competition is the qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will take place this June in Washington, D.C.

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Chris Crockett, Katy ISD Board of Trustees; Lance Gopilan, 2011 First Place Winner; Hrishikech Srinivasan, 2011 Runner Up; and Dr. Christine Caskey, Katy ISD Chief Academic Officer.
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