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Cottonwood Creek Student "Bee" a Double Threat

February 4, 2020

Rohit Srinivasan

Rohit Srinivasan looks like your typical fourth grader, but looks can be deceiving. On January 16, Rohit won the Cottonwood Creek Spelling Bee. As a fourth-grader in the 4-6 category, Rohit was one of the youngest competitors. It wasn't an easy win for Rohit, it took 32 rounds before a winner was decided. After great perseverance, he was the champion. 

Winning the Spelling Bee is only half of Rohit's story. A week later, on January 23, he competed in the school's GeoBee. In this case, he participated in the 4-8 grade category. Once again, he was one of the youngest in his field. While the competition was more intense, the result was the same. In the course of a week, this fourth grader won the school's Spelling Bee and GeoBee. 

The National Geographic GeoBee is a competition for public schools, private schools, and homeschools in the United States and its territories, as well as the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS). The National Geographic GeoBee includes three levels of competition; school, state, and national.

Rohit's love of geography started when he was little. "My parents bought me a globe when I was four or five," he explained. "Also, when I was little, I would help my parents navigate when we went places." 

When asked if his parents played a role in his GeoBee success, Rohit quipped “My parents support me, but they’re not really that good at geography.”

A bit of luck may have worked in Rohit's favor during the GeoBee. While he can't remember the exact winning question, the answer was "Stockholm," a place he had recently visited with his family. 

While geography is something that comes naturally, spelling is not. "I did hours of studying for the Spelling Bee. It's harder than geography," said Rohit. 

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running educational program. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. An estimated 11 million students in the Bee’s program each year.

He attributes his teacher, Mrs. Eisenstadt, for some of his success. "I have a really great teacher and we do V of V in class to help us with our spelling," continued Rohit. V of V, which stands for Volumes of Vocabulary, is a weekly task in Mrs. Eisenstadt’s class where students are given four extremely challenging words they must define in 4th-grade language, determine synonyms and antonyms for, learn to spell, use in a sentence, and draw.  Since there is no vocabulary element in fourth-grade curriculum, this helps to launch their lexicons and helps them to learn valuable study techniques.

Next Steps

Rohit recently took the online qualifying test to determine if he is one of the top-100 that qualified for the state competition. The results will be released in early March.

See Rohit and all our top elementary school spellers at the District Elementary School Spelling Bee Finals on February 6. The District Middle School Spelling Bee Finals are on February 20. Both events and in the District Office conference room from 6-9 PM

Congratulations to Rohit and all our Spelling Bee and GeoBee competitors!

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