Chatragadda repeats as Lincoln District Spelling Bee champ

Chatragadda repeats as Lincoln District Spelling Bee champ

Rosemary Stein, principal of Lonsdale Elementary School, presents the winning trophy to Lohith Chatragadda, as runner-up, Celeste Lynch looks on. The Lincoln District Spelling Bee was held at the Lincoln Middle School on Tuesday night. (Breeze Photos by Robert Emerson)

LINCOLN – By correctly spelling the word “filibuster” in the championship round of the Lincoln District Spelling Bee Tuesday, Lohith Chatragadda, an 8th-grader at Lincoln Middle School, secured his place in next month's statewide competition for the second consecutive year.

Twenty Lincoln students in grades 4-8 faced off at the Lincoln Middle School during the district bee.

The runner-up, 8th-grader Celeste Lynch, also of Lincoln Middle School, went head-to-head with returning champion Chatragadda for 12 rounds. She correctly spelled “quiche,” “omnipotent,” “teriyaki,” “toucan,” and “tomatillo” before ultimately misspelling the word “macadamia,” swapping out an “e” for the third “a.”

Throughout the night, Chatragadda correctly spelled words such as “prescription,” “nightingale,” “matinee,” “lariat,” “elixir,” and in the final round, “chintz.” He will go on to represent Lincoln on March 17 at the Rhode Island State Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Valley Breeze, starting at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Middle School.

Lynch will serve as the alternate if Chatragadda can't compete in the state bee.

Supt. Georgia Fortunato welcomed guests to Tuesday's event, and Lonsdale Elementary School principal and spelling bee coordinator Rosemary Stein shared the rules. Rhode Show co-host Michaela Johnson served as pronouncer, providing context for students. Participants were allowed to ask to hear the word used in a sentence, hear its definition and its country of origin.

Students spelled a total of 199 words throughout the evening. Some words leading to elimination included “mizzle,” “stethoscope,” “rabel,” “jute” and “pinafore.”

The other 2018 Lincoln District Spelling Bee participants were:

• 4th-graders Alexis Willis (Central), Gianni Pagois (Lonsdale), Alexandra Murray (Northern) and Stephen Motta (Saylesville).

• 5th-graders Lena Mouradi (Central), John Nicoll (Lonsdale), Holly Pickering (Northern) and Samuel Behlke (Saylesville).

• 6th-graders Tyler Cunningham, Joseph Fucci, Andy Lemus and Francesca Marzilli.

• 7th-graders Matthew Connors, Akoda Harrop, Christian Plouffe and Camera Surmeian.

• And 8th-graders Elizabeth Sa and Thomas Zhao.

Lincoln Middle School 6th-grader Tyler Cunningham celebrates spelling the word “mascot” correctly during the Lincoln District Spelling Bee Tuesday night.
Saylesville Elementary 5th-grader Samuel Behlke appears to be in a relaxed mode as he waits for his turn at the Lincoln District Spelling Bee at the middle school.
Spelling Bee winner Lohith Chatragadda poses with his family after winning his second consecutive Lincoln District Spelling Bee. From left are Sujatha Chatragadda, his mother; Lohith; his father, Anka Chatragadda; and sister Bhavya Chatragadda.