Fourth Grader Reigns at Allen County Spelling Bee

Feb 14, 2020

  Allen County students took the stage at the Rhinehart Music Center Thursday to show off their spelling prowess by competing in the county-wide spelling bee.


"Beaumontage", a word of unknown origin with a deceptive French spelling, was the championship word at Thursday’s Allen County Spelling Bee. It means a composition used by artisans to fill and conceal holes or cracks in wood or metal.


After eight rounds and a bonus tie-breaker for runner up, Achyut Ethiraj came out on top.


Ethiraj is a fourth-grader at Cedar Canyon Elementary School. This was his first year participating in the bee.


“I studied hard so I just think ‘I might win’ but I was not sure," Ethiraj said. "But it turned out I won.”


Nearly 50 students from elementary schools around the county took the stage to battle it out for top speller. The contest began with a practice round of short, common words. Once the real competition began, the words became longer and harder to pronounce.


Ethiraj said he had to come up with a method for studying for the bee, but that his dad was able to help him find resources.


After a tie-breaker, fifth grader Camelia Tran from Covington Elementary was the bee’s runner up.


In early March, Ethiraj will represent Allen County in the Regional Spelling Bee.