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Santa Cruz County Spelling Bee

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The Santa Cruz County Office of Education coordinates the Elementary (grades 4-6) and Junior High (grades 7-9) County Spelling Bee Competition. Students first participate in school spelling bees, and then advance to the county-level event. The countywide competition is open to two students from every private/public school in Santa Cruz County in grades 4 6 and grades 7-9 who have been certified as school champions by their school coordinator.

The Spelling Bee Advisor will register two participants along with an adult proctor from their site for the event.

All participants will receive certificates of participation and the top three spellers in each grade level division will receive a trophy. Winners will be announced at the end of the event.

The top two spellers from each division, grades 4-6 and 7-9 will represent Santa Cruz County at the respective California State Spelling Championship

4 6 State Championship:
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | Coordinated by the San Joaquin County Office of Education
2016 Elementary State Spelling Championship website

7 - 9 State Championship:
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | Coordinated by the Marin County Office of Education
2016 Junior High State Spelling Championship website

Spelling Bee Winners for 2017

Santa Cruz Spelling Bee Champions are State Finalists!

California State Spelling Bee Finalists 2017

In photo, Judah Kim is second from left, and Tristan Torres fifth from the left.

Santa Cruz County is doubly proud of its two county-wide spelling champions for the Elementary Division. Both Judah Kim, of Ocean Grove Charter School and Tristan Torres of Rio Del Mar Elementary were among the seven finalist at the state spelling bee held in Stockon, CA on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As finalists, they both received trophies and a Kindle Fire, courtesy of Teachers College of San Joaquin. Our congratulations to both of these stellar spellers!


Spelling Bee Elementary Winners 2017

Elementary winners, left to right: Judah Kim, 1st Place Winner; Tristan Torres, 2nd Place Winner; Zane Escoto, 3rd Place Winner


Rina Rossi

Rina Rossi
1st Place Junior Winner

Andrew Crabtree

Andrew Crabtree
2nd Place Junior Winner

Gunnika Kapoor

Gunnika Kapoor
3rd Place Junior Winner

2017 Spelling Bee

Ocean Grove Charter Student Judah Kim Aces Spelling Bee, published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on February 4, 2017.

2016 Spelling Bee


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