8th Grader Places at State's Jr. High Spelling Bee

Contra Costa County 8th Grader Earns 2nd Place at California State Junior High Spelling Bee
Posted on 05/20/2024
PLEASANT HILL, CA—Dhruv Subramanian, an eighth grader at Windemere Ranch Middle School, earned second place at the California State Junior High Spelling Bee.

This is not Dhruv’s first foray into high stakes spelling. He placed fifth in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“Congratulations again to Dhruv for representing Contra Costa County so well at the state competition,” County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “This award reflects his hard work and preparation, and we are all proud of his success.”

Dhruv competed against 44 spellers in seventh through ninth grade at the competition hosted by the San Joaquin County Office of Education in April.


About Contra Costa County Office of Education
One of 58 counties in California, Contra Costa County (CCCOE) has the 11th largest public-school student population in the state (approximately 169,225 students). Officially established in 1932, CCCOE has a long history of providing direct services to some of our county's most vulnerable students, including young people who are incarcerated, homeless, or in foster care, as well as students who have severe physical or emotional challenges.

CCCOE also provides support services to schools and school districts in Contra Costa County; services that can be handled most effectively and economically on a regional basis rather than by each of the county's 286 schools or 18 school districts. These services range from budget approval and fiscal support to technology infrastructure, communication support, and high-level professional development opportunities for educators. CCCOE maintains a website at www.cocoschools.org.

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