Saluting Our Eighth Graders

In the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, we witnessed history, not only in the amazing feats of our Octochamps but in the caliber of all the competitors. This year, due to the unimaginable turn of events that necessitated our cancellation, some of these amazing spellers will not get the chance to celebrate their final year of spelling bee eligibility in the nation’s capital with us.

Our hearts go out to these eighth-grade spellers, their families and all of us who won’t get to witness the last chapter of their spelling bee journeys. We take solace in the knowledge that this mastery of the English language will be the foundation for the many achievements awaiting them in the future. These spellers will do great things, and we can’t wait to celebrate them along the way.

Primetime Finalists

Sponsored by The Miami Herald
Miami, Florida
Simone Kaplan
2019 9th place
2018 tied for 10th place
2017 tied for 189th place
Sponsored by
The Miami Herald
Miami, Florida
Sponsored by St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis, Missouri
Alice Liu
2019 10th place
2018 tied for 34th place
2017 tied for 12th place
Sponsored by
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis, Missouri
Sponsored by Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune
Neptune, New Jersey
Navneeth Murali
2019 11th place
2018 5th place
Sponsored by
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune
Neptune, New Jersey
Sponsored by Bethesda Christian School
Haltom City, Texas
Hephzibah Sujoe
2019 tied for 15th place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Bethesda Christian School
Haltom City, Texas

Finalists

Sponsored by Jamaica Gleaner
Kingston, Jamaica
Darian Douglas
2019 tied for 26th place
Sponsored by
Jamaica Gleaner
Kingston, Jamaica
Sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
Bentonville, Arkansas
Pavani Chittemsetty
2019 tied for 30th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2016 tied for 46th place
Sponsored by
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
Bentonville, Arkansas
Sponsored by Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs
Durham, North Carolina
Jason Sorin
2019 tied for 30th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs
Durham, North Carolina
Sponsored by Walnut Hills High School
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sheridan Hennessy
2019 tied for 35th place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Walnut Hills High School
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sponsored by Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, Colorado
Cameron Keith
2019 tied for 35th place
2018 tied for 25th place)
2016 tied for 18th place
2015 tied for 50th place
Sponsored by
Boulder Valley School District
Boulder, Colorado
Sponsored by Summit Denali
Sunnyvale, California
Nidhi Vadlamudi
2019 tied for 35th place
2018 tied for 19th place
Sponsored by
Summit Denali
Sunnyvale, California
Sponsored by Commonwealth Edison
Chicago, Illinois
Atman Balakrishnan
2019 tied for 41st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Commonwealth Edison
Chicago, Illinois
Sponsored by The Meakem Group
Bethesda, Maryland
Anson Cook
2019 tied for 41st place
2018 tied for 34th place
Sponsored by
The Meakem Group
Bethesda, Maryland
Sponsored by Beckendorff Junior High School
Katy, Texas
Keerthana Krishnan
2019 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Beckendorff Junior High School
Katy, Texas
Sponsored by Coeur d'Alene Press
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Joseph Moran
2019 tied for 41st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Coeur d'Alene Press
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Sponsored by Macomb Intermediate School District
Clinton Township, Michigan
Brendan Pawlicki
2019 tied for 41st place
2018 tied for 34th place
2017 tied for 35th place
Sponsored by
Macomb Intermediate School District
Clinton Township, Michigan

Top 100

Nidhi Achanta
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Town Hall Seattle
Seattle, Washington
Misha Agrawal
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Houston Middle School
Germantown, Tennessee
Dean Alkhairy
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Fairmont Private School - North Tustin Campus
Tustin, California
Rhonoya Anderson
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Titchfield High School
Port Antonio, Jamaica
Michael Atwell
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Virgin Islands Daily News
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Taten Ayers
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Marietta Middle School
Marietta, Ohio
Ananya Balachander
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Eagle Ridge Middle School
Ashburn, Virginia
Katherine Bautista
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Edgewood Campus School
Madison, Wisconsin
Sohan Bendre
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Avery Coonley School
Downers Grove, Illinois
Isabella Dia Bonsu
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Charles County Public Schools
La Plata, Maryland
Aaron Chang
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, Illinois
Sharanya Chatterjee
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Hunter's Creek Middle School
Orlando, Florida
Jason Cheng
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Chagrin Falls Middle School
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Annie Condon
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Ben Steele Middle School
Billings, Montana
Richard Deng
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Times-Herald Record
Middletown, New York
Marin Eckerson
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Whitefield Academy
Smyrna, Georgia
Jaden Fellows
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 189th place
Sponsored by
Chicago Spelling Bee Collaborative
Chicago, Illinois
Jasmine Fernandez
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
C.J. Hooker Middle School
Goshen, New York
Sankalp Gautam
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Houston Public Media
Houston, Texas
Robert Gerloff
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Northwest Herald
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Vikram Goddla
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Ayle Guevarra
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Los Angeles Spelling Bee Collaborative
Los Angeles, California
Anika Gundlapalli
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Ector County Independent School District
Odessa, Texas
Thomas Hamrick
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Lambert Hamrick Homeschool
Ithaca, New York
Srivarun Hathwar
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Norfolk Academy
Norfolk, Virginia
Thomas Hays
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Jackson Citizen Patriot
Jackson, Michigan
Angelina Holm
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
The Denver Post
Denver, Colorado
Dhruv Hosamane
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Cliff Valley School
Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Imbing
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Charleston, West Virginia
Akshaya Janakiraman
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
DPS International Ghana
Tema, Ghana
Ashleigh Jarrett
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Immaculate Conception High School
Kingston, Jamaica
Shomoy Kamal
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Piner Middle School
Sherman, Texas
Neha Kodali
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Columbia Missourian
Columbia, Missouri
Sanjana Kota
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Lawler Middle School
Frisco, Texas
Sofía Larrea
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Theodore D. Young Community Center
White Plains, New York
Jaeho Lee
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Times Union
Albany, New York
Austin Leong
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
San Bernardino Community College District
San Bernardino, California
Sky Lewit
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Weehawken High School
Weehawken, New Jersey
Leann Loveland
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Liberty Youth Academy
St. George, Utah
Megan Lynch
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
St. Albans Country Day School
Roseville, California
Eshaan Mani
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Kinkaid School
Houston, Texas
Andrew Marcev
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Presbyterian Christian School
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Cole Masterman-Smith
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Robert Toombs Christian Academy
Lyons, Georgia
Alecia McCulley
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
All Saints Academy - St. Norbert
Florissant, Missouri
Jackie Meador
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Western Wyoming Community College
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Rodrigo Medinilla
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Miami Herald
Miami, Florida
Simona Milev
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Milam Elementary School
Tupelo, Mississippi
Hannah Moddes
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Sourcewell
Staples, Minnesota
Penelope Moore
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
EPISD Education Foundation
El Paso, Texas
Keshav Nair
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Basis San Antonio - Shavano Campus
San Antonio, Texas
Tai Nakamura
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Emerson Junior-Senior High School
Emerson, New Jersey
Ariya Narayanasamy
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Japan Times
Tokyo, Japan
Janelle Newell
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Noah Webster House West Hartford Historical Society
New Haven, Connecticut
Sydney Jo Peña
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Liberty Memorial Middle School
Los Fresnos, Texas
Arden Peterson
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Mid-Continent Public Library
Independence, Missouri
Spencer Phillips
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Indian Mound Middle School
McFarland, Wisconsin
Isaac Phillips
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Louisiana Children's Discovery Center
Hammond, Louisiana
Yuvan Ram
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Columbus Preparatory Academy
Columbus, Ohio
Navin Ramesh
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Ste Jeanne d'Arc School
Lowell, Massachusetts
Benjamin Rands
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Times-News
Twin Falls, Idaho
Robert Rasmussen III
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
European PTA
Defense and State Department Schools, Europe
Arya Reddyvari
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Thomas S. Hart Middle School
Pleasanton, California
Mark Salama
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
Novato, California
Frank Salzeider
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
WXYZ Channel 7
Detroit, Michigan
Arsh Shah
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Dunedin Highland Middle School
Dunedin, Florida
Sebastian Shields
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland, Maine
Pranet Sirikonda
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Hyatts Middle School
Powell, Ohio
Payton Smidt
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Omaha World-Herald
Omaha, Nebraska
Ryan Smith
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
St. Louis, Missouri
John Spahr
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Indiana University Kokomo
Kokomo, Indiana
Aberam Sriganesh
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
H.B. Thompson Middle School
Syosset, New York
Jameson Tan
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Our Lady of the Elms High School
Akron, Ohio
Sameer Tangirala
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Carden Academy of Almaden
San Jose, California
Matthew Taylor
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
The Marietta Times
Marietta, Ohio
Veer Tuliani
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 453rd place
Sponsored by
Folly Quarter Middle School
Ellicott City, Maryland
Gabriella Velinova
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Bluegrass Literacy Project
Louisville, Kentucky
Joshua Villanova
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Traweek Middle School
West Covina, California
Vishal Vinjamuri
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Farmwell Station Middle School
Ashburn, Virginia
Devan Waghray
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
InsideNoVa/Prince William
Manassas, Virginia
Kaiden Webb
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Eaton Middle School
Eaton, Ohio
Selena Wheeler
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville, Tennessee
Rebecca Xue
2019 tied for 51st place
Sponsored by
Kansas Press Association
Topeka, Kansas
Sarah Yee
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Granite Oaks Middle School
Rocklin, California
Jaden Zhang
2019 tied for 51st place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 189th place
Sponsored by
Jenx Home School
Richmond, Ontario, Canada

Remaining 8th Graders

Stacy Alexis
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Press-Republican
Plattsburgh, New York
Sarvesh Arivarasu
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education
Decatur, Illinois
Kayla Barnes
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register
Visalia, California
Heidi Bauer
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
The Republican Herald
Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Layla Bouber
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
The Daily Progress and News Virginian
Charlottesville, Virginia
Henry Campbell
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
WCPO 9 On Your Side
Cincinnati, Ohio
Agatha Chang
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Pamplin Media Group
Portland, Oregon
Braydon Crowder
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Orange County Publishing Co. Inc.
Paoli, Indiana
Arushi Cumer
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Georgia Association of Educators
Tucker, Georgia
Malcolm D'Souza
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication
Athens, Ohio
David De Coursy
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2017 tied for 41st place
Sponsored by
Berkeley Preparatory School
Tampa, Florida
Alyssa Evans
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Good Shepherd Academy
Kingston, Pennsylvania
Mazie Finch
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Heritage Academy
Perkins, Oklahoma
Amulya Ganta
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Midland, Texas
Connor Greally
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Ecker Hill Middle School
Park City, Utah
Max Greenspan
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Cocopah Middle School
Scottsdale, Arizona
Arik Karim
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 453rd place
Sponsored by
BAK Middle School of the Arts
West Palm Beach, Florida
Sarah Khoury
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
2016 tied for 172nd place
Sponsored by
Rapoport Holdings, LLC
Waco, Texas
Michael Kittredge
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Murray Hill Middle School
Laurel, Maryland
Arabella Mallari
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
St. Gilbert Elementary School
Grayslake, Illinois
Haleigh Mensinger
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Times Leader
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Jacob Mijalli
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Pee Dee Education Center
Florence, South Carolina
Catherine Myers
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
The Lima News
Lima, Ohio
Zaara Noor
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Davison Elementary-Middle School
Detroit, Michigan
Owen Norwalk
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Indianapolis, Indiana
Anika Pundir
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Educational Service Center of Lorain County
LaGrange, Ohio
Tessa Snicker
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Grundy/Kendall County Regional Office of Education
Morris, Illinois
Edmund Thomas
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Incarnate Word Academy
Corpus Christi, Texas
Alexander Tiu
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
St. Cyprian's Episcopal School
Lufkin, Texas
Andrew Toney
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 42nd place
Sponsored by
Ball State University - WIPB-TV
Muncie, Indiana
Chinenye Ude
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
Harnett Central Middle School
Angier, North Carolina
Ali Van Tassel
2019 tied for 370th place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Watertown Daily Times
Watertown, New York
Varshaa Venkitesh
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
East Brook Middle School
Paramus, New Jersey
Merry Wang
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
The Fayetteville Observer
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Grant Wiebe
2019 tied for 370th place
Sponsored by
McAuliffe International School - Smiley Campus
Denver, Colorado
Hannah Campbell
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
South Jersey Spelling Bee
Folsom, New Jersey
Prithvi Dixit
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Ralston Middle School
Belmont, California
Pranav Elavarthi
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Carson Middle School
Herndon, Virginia
Seung Min Hong
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Yoon's English School
Seoul, South Korea
Liz Jergensen
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Boise State University
Boise, Idaho
Aaron Marcev
2019 tied for 519th place
2018 tied for 323rd place
Sponsored by
Presbyterian Christian School
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Brianna Murchison
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Lee County School District
Sanford, North Carolina
Lily Pragle
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Foundation for Leon County Schools
Tallahassee, Florida
Morgan Salvador
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
George Whittell High School
Zephyr Cove, Nevada
Evan Wolitzer
2019 tied for 519th place
Sponsored by
Fieldstone Middle School
Thiells, New York