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Simran Patibanda

Graham Park Middle School Student Spells her way to the Spotlight

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Simran Patibanda

Simran Patibanda, an eighth-grader from Graham Park Middle School, was the big winner last Friday at the 40th Annual Prince William County Regional Spelling Bee. Successfully spelling “inter alia” led her to victory and a second chance at the national title. Patibanda will head to the national competition, scheduled for late May at the Gaylord National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This is Patibanda’s second win in three years; she won the Prince William County spelling bee in 2016 and was a runner-up in 2017.

The spelling bee was held on March 9 at George Hampton Middle School. This year, 48 elementary and middle school students from Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park participated. Below is a list of the PWCS students who took part, earning the right to compete by winning their school spelling bee.

Naman Agarwal, Marsteller Middle School, grade 7
Namirah Ahmad, Marshall Elementary School, grade 5
Aashaz Ahmad, Rockledge Elementary School, grade 4
Abdullah Alotwala, Featherstone Elementary School, grade 3
Sahasra Battinapatla, T. Clay Wood Elementary School, grade 4
Kaylin Beecher, Benton Middle School, grade 7
Haylie Brimhall, Saunders Middle School, grade 6
Natalie Claderon-Lemus, Loch Lomond Elementary School, grade 5
Gracie Davis, Woodbridge Middle School, grade 7
Melissa George, Hampton Middle School, grade 6
Ava Glotzer, Penn Elementary School, grade 5
Ahadu Hailu, Fitzgerald Elementary School, grade 2
Ivadette Haziri, Mullen Elementary School, grade 5
Nithya Kasiraman, Buckland Mill Elementary School, grade 4
Haris Khalid, Beville Middle School, grade 8
Lucy Lu, Alvey Elementary School, grade 4
Niveda Mahesh, Lake Ridge Middle School, grade 7
Kwaaba Manu, Williams Elementary School, grade 5
Sage Miller, Montclair Elementary School, grade 3
Ikraan Mohamed, King Elementary School, grade 3
Alana Molina, West Gate Elementary School, grade 4
Aditi Mukul, Bull Run Middle School, grade 8
Elaina Mullins, Bennett Elementary School, grade 5
Adnan Murtaza, Rippon Middle School, grade 8
Nikki Nelson, Gainesville Middle School, grade 7
Sajid Parvez, Tyler Elementary School, grade 3
Simran Patibanda, Graham Park Middle School, grade 8
Evelyn Popescu, Pennington Traditional School, grade 7
Alaina Porter, Dumfries Elementary School, grade 4
Zain Pushtoonyar, Belmont Elementary School, grade 5
Emma Ramirez, Minnieville Elementary School, grade 4
Satin Shariati, Old Bridge Elementary School, grade 5
Matthew Soriente, Glenkirk Elementary School, grade 5
Kaitlyn Thai, Gravely Elementary School, grade 5
Jonathan Umana, Stonewall Middle School, grade 8
Alyssa Wallace, Bristow Run Elementary School, grade 2
Simon Yonas, Antietam Elementary School, grade 5

The event was sponsored by InsideNoVA/Prince William and the Bel-Air Woman’s Club. Appleton Campbell Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electrical, was a contributing sponsor.

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