• Roshini
    -Congratulations and Best of Luck, Roshini-
     Fifty-seven students from 38 districts throughout the southeast Minnesota region advanced from their respective District Spelling Bees to the Regional Spelling Bees. Twelve spellers (six from each Regional Spelling Bee on February 14, 2012) competed in the Final Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 28, at 9:00 AM at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester.

    Roshini Asirvatham, an 8th grade student from Rochester Public Schools-Friedell Middle School was declared the champion after correctly spelling the word dihedral. Roshini was also champion in 2010 as a 6th grade student.

    Roshini advances to the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 29 - June 2, 2012. She won an all-expenses paid trip (for herself and one adult) to Washington, D.C. (donated by Southeast Service Cooperative and KM Telecom). She also received a first place trophy, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee), a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Student Edition, a $100 Series EE Savings Bond (donated by Jay Sugarman, Chairman and CEO of iStar Financial in honor of his father, Samuel Louis Sugarman) and Valerie’s Spelling Bee Supplement Booklet.

    Shane DeSilva, a 6th grade student from Austin Area Catholic Schools, was the 1st Runner-Up. Shane received a trophy, a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition and Valerie’s Spelling Bee Supplement Booklet.

    John Nelson, an 8th grade student from Kenyon-Wanamingo Public Schools, was the 2nd Runner-Up. John received a trophy along with a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Student Edition.

    Other students participating in the Southeast Minnesota Final Spelling Bee were:

    Marisa Alvarado, Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools, 7th grade

    Claire Colby, Rochester Public Schools, 8th grade

    Nayelli Guerrero, LaCrescent-Hokah Public Schools, 8th grade

    Hannah Mahr, Northfield Public Schools, 8th grade

    Devon Nerstad, Spring Grove Public Schools, 7th grade

    Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Rushford-Peterson Public Schools, 8th grade

    Olivia Riggins, Northfield Public Schools, 8th grade

    Megan Vehrenkamp, Dover-Eyota Public Schools, 8th grade

    Larissa Wendland, Winona Public Schools, 7th grade


    The Spelling Bee competitions in southeast Minnesota are sponsored and coordinated by the Southeast Service Cooperative and co-sponsored by KM Telecom.