Palo Alto Sixth-Grader Wins State Spelling Bee

A sixth-grader from Palo Alto won this year's state elementary school spelling bee with the winning word "rapport," officials with the Santa Clara County Office of Education announced Tuesday.

Vayun Krishna, a student at the private Challenger School -Middlefield, competed against 55 students from 29 counties at the bee on May 11 at the San Joaquin Office of Education in Stockton.

Krishna emerged victorious after 11 rounds and won a Kindle Fire, a Spelling Bee backpack and a $250 Barnes & Noble gift card.

He and Ari Philip, a sixth-grader from John Sinnott Elementary School in Milpitas who attended the state bee and advanced to the fourth round, will be honored in a Santa Clara County education board meeting on June 19.

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