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April 30, 2013 > Niles Elementary student wins California State Spelling Bee

Niles Elementary student wins California State Spelling Bee

Submitted By Kristen Yasukawa, Photo by Dr. James Morris, Superintendent

The Alameda County Office of Education congratulates ten-year-old Fremont fifth grader Sahir Qureshi from Niles Elementary School for being named the 2013 California State Spelling Bee champion on April 20 in Stockton. After 13 rounds, Qureshi won with "prosciutto" and received an iPad and championship trophy donated by Grand Canyon University. In total, 58 fourth- through sixth-grade students from 30 counties competed in the state's elementary student competition. Qureshi and Fremont student Anish Punaroor from Parkmont Elementary represented Alameda County, after tying for first place at the Alameda County Spelling Bee on March 16.

"The Alameda County Office of Education commends Sahir for his achievement and supports the annual Spelling Bee competition," said L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Associate Superintendent of Education. "Thank you to Sahir's family, teachers and school community for supporting him in this endeavor."

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