Aurik Sarker of Walton Intermediate School repeated as champion of the annual spelling bee for seventh and eighth-grade students in the Garden Grove Unified School District. The event was held Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center.
Aurik, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, correctly spelled the deciding word, myriad, becoming the top speller among more than 7,400 intermediate school pupils in the GGUSD. He is a resident of Garden Grove.
In this year’s district competition, Aurik dueled for first-place with Tiffany Lu of Lake Intermediate, who earned runner-up honors.
Tiffany was followed by Jonathan Soun of Ralston Intermediate, third place; Olivia Shin of Lake Intermediate, fourth-place; Van Nguyen of Lake Intermediate, fifth-place; Juan Valenzuela of Walton Intermediate, sixth-place; Buunghi Ly of McGarvin Intermediate, seventh-place; Kimmai Phan of Irvine Intermediate, eighth-place; Tristan Dickenson of Ralston Intermediate, ninth-place; and Linh Pham of Fitz Intermediate, 10th-place.
The district champion and nine runners-up will represent the GGUSD in the Orange County Spelling Competition at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, with the written segment scheduled Feb. 22 followed by the deciding oral spelling round on Feb. 27.
Each of the district’s 10 intermediate schools entered its four best spellers in the district competition. Contestants were asked to spell such words as melancholy, subterfuge, and obsequious.
Board of Education President Bob Harden and Vice President Lan Quoc Nguyen presented trophies to the top 10 spellers, and all contest entrants received certificates of participation. Kelly McAmis, director of 7-12 Instructional Services, and Deirdre Coffey, teacher on special assignment, served as the spelling bee judges.