Spellers Compete in Johnson County Bee

Spellers Compete in Johnson County Bee
Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District hosted the 2019 Johnson County Spelling Bee, bringing together 75 of the top spellers in the area.

Spelling bee participants were competing for a spot in the Sunflower Spelling Bee, which will be held in Wichita in March.

Rebecca Xue, a seventh-grader from Lakewood Middle School took home the championship trophy and will compete in the state bee. She correctly spelled the word “umbilical” in the final round of competition.

Krrish Madduru from Pleasant Ridge Middle School is the runner up and state bee alternate. Ishya Bhavsar from Briarwood Elementary in Shawnee Mission was the third-place speller in the competition. Theodore Ohly also was a competitor in the championship round.

Here is a list of Shawnee Mission competitors in the County Spelling Bee:

Evelyn Holmes, Belinder Elementary

Kathryn O’Shea, Bluejacket-Flint

Ishya Bhavsar, Briarwood Elementary

Anson Wang, Broken Arrow Elementary

Julia Jermann Brookwood Elementary

Nathan Mestel, Christa McAuliffe Elementary

Mira McInnes, Corinth Elementary

Hattie Duff, Crestview Elementary

Isabella Pilapil-Hagen, East Antioch Elementary

Mason Meyer, Highlands Elementary

Sophia McCraney, Hocker Grove Middle School

Anna Wurst, Indian Hills Middle School

Riley Martin, Indian Woods Middle School

Simon Moon, John Diemer Elementary

Meena Taher, Merriam Park Elementary

Isabel Stewart, Mill Creek Elementary

Logan Drennon, Prairie Elementary

Easton Volk, Ray Marsh Elementary

Lily Weber, Rhein Benninghoven Elementary

Subheksha Khanal, Rising Star Elementary

Brennen Piela, Roesland Elementary

Wyatt Moon, Rushton Elementary

Haven Bauman, Santa Fe Trail Elementary

Theodore Ohly, Trailridge Middle School

Sophia Lyman, Westridge Middle School


The Johnson County Bee was hosted through the support of the Shawnee Mission School District Curriculum and Instruction Department, with Darcy Swan, coordinator of curriculum and instruction, serving as Spelling Bee Coordinator. Dr. Leigh Anne Neal, assistant superintendent of Early Childhood and Strategic Engagement, serving as spelling bee pronouncer.