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25 DCSD Students headed to the state spelling bee

CASTLE ROCK – A total of 25 students ranging from fourth to eighth-grade will represent Douglas County in March, during the 2014 Colorado State Spelling Bee.

The students earned their spots on the DCSD team on February 1, during the District Spelling Bee, which was held at Castle Rock Middle School. During the event the kids had to conquer a writing test and the traditional oral spelling competition.


The top three spellers were:

  1. Shreya Nallapati
    Rocky Heights Middle School
  2. Joseph Parsons
    SkyView Academy
  3. Michael Loomer
    Sierra Middle School


The following 25 students will advance to the state spelling bee:

  • Nicolas Alvarez, Soaring Hawk Elementary
  • Meghna Bagchi, American Academy
  • Matthew Brown, STEM
  • Sydney Brown, Cherokee Trail Elementary
  • Madeleine Cassic, Ranch View Middle School
  • Paradisio Dante, Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outdoor Bound School
  • Chetan Dholakiya, Cresthill Middle School
  • Kendall Downs, Sky View Academy
  • Mreedul Gupta, Arrowwood Elementary
  • Luke Hasselback, Larkspur Elementary
  • Alexia Hayes, Cimarron Middle School
  • Etash Kalra, Challenge to Excellence
  • Tara Kuyilath, Bear Canyon Elementary
  • Deepesh Lakkaraju, Platte River Academy
  • Aurora Levy, Pine Lane Intermediate
  • Michael Loomer, Sierra Middle School
  • Shreya Nallapati, Rocky Heights Middle School
  • Mirabel Nguyen, Heritage Elementary
  • Joseph Parsons, Sky View Academy
  • Catrina Pham, Redstone Elementary
  • Isaac Resnikoff, Acres Green Elementary
  • Leyly Sakhatova, Mesa Middle School
  • Sneha Shinde, Cresthill Middle School
  • Grace Sjaastad, Pine Lane Intermediate
  • Karen Yi, Rocky Heights Middle School

The 2014 Spelling Bee will be held March 8 in the Mile High Ballroom of the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.

February 6, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”