Fort Bend ISD students Rahul Kilambi, an eighth-grader at Sartartia Middle School, and Anna Brooks, a fifth-grader at Pecan Grove Elementary School, were named winners of the District Spelling Bee, which was held on February 9. As winners of the bee, they have the opportunity to compete against area district winners at the HoustonPBS Spelling Bee, which will be held on March 23 at the University of Houston.
Brooks is unable to attend the HoustonPBS Spelling Bee and in her stead will be alternate Riya Chakraborty, a seventh-grade student from First Colony Middle School.
The top two spellers of the HoustonPBS Spelling Bee will advance to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
HoustonPBS is the first public broadcaster and the third largest local sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spellers advance from a challenging series of school, district, and regional spelling bees. More than 100,000 spellers from more than 1,000 schools and 42 Texas counties participate in the event.