Student Heads to Scripps National Spelling Bee

Contra Costa County Student Heads to Scripps National Spelling Bee After Placing Among Top Spellers in Regional Competition
Posted on 04/25/2023
Top Spellers in Regional Competition

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. - Dhruv Subramanian, a 7th grader at Windemere Ranch Middle School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, is one of three students from the Bay Area who will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee the week of Memorial Day in National Harbor, Maryland.


Dhruv placed third in the Bay Area Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley. Students from schools in San Jose placed first and second in the contest. The regional competition covered 11 Bay Area counties with a total of 210 elementary and middle schools participating; 46 spellers advanced to the regional competition.


In addition to competing at the National Bee, Dhruv will represent Contra Costa County in the California State Junior High Spelling Bee. Benjamin Bress, a fifth grader at Del Rey Elementary School in the Orinda Union School District, placed in the top 10 at the regional contest and will represent Contra Costa County in the California State Elementary Spelling Bee. The state competitions will be held in Stockton on May 13.


“Congratulations to Dhruv and Benjamin for their success at the regional spelling bee,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “It is an honor for spellers to make it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and to represent this county at the state competition. I also want to thank the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley for stepping up to sponsor this important academic competition and giving this county’s students a pathway to shine on the brightest stage.”


The Scripps National Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running educational program, having launched in 1925. The program reaches millions of students across the country and in other parts of the world with the classroom materials it provides to schools.


The national competition semifinals will take place on May 31, with the finals televised on ION and Bounce on June 1, 2023. 


About Contra Costa County Office of Education
One of 58 counties in California, Contra Costa County has the 9th largest public-school student population in the state (approximately 158,401 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 285 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
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