Rahul Reddy, an eighth-grader at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac, is the winner of the first Oakland Schools Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. After nine rounds, he correctly spelled notabilia, which, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means “things worthy of note.”
Annabella Evangelist, a seventh-grader at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, was the runner up.
This year’s event, which was held at Oakland Schools Main Campus, was sponsored by Oakland Schools, the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, Bank of Ann Arbor and Ehlert Charitable Fund.
A total of 79 fifth- through eighth-graders from all over Oakland County competed in the Bee. The winner receives many prizes, including a trophy and an automatic invite to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-June 1, 2018 in Maryland.