Each year more than 250 top spellers from across Colorado participate in the virtual portion of the Colorado State Spelling Bee to earn a spot on the stage for the Oral Finals of the Bee. These Oral Rounds take place in March at the University of Denver – where the top spellers compete for the title of Colorado State Spelling Bee Champion. This 83 year-old tradition, originally sponsored by the Rocky Mountain News, encourages and rewards our young people’s love of learning and competition. The winner of the Colorado State Spelling Bee moves on to represent Colorado in the Scripps National Spelling Bee which is televised live on ION.
Please join us in congratulating Vikram Raju, a 7th grader from Aurora Quest K-8, for winning the 82nd Annual Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Sturm Hall on the University of Denver Campus.
In addition to the title, Vikram won an all-expense paid trip to compete in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington D.C. area, where he took 2nd place in the thrilling, and extremely impressive national competition. He battled until the historic end with Harini Logan from San Antonio, as they were the first ever to have a 90 second spell-off. In the end Vikram spelled 15 words to Harini’s 22 correctly and he plans to return next year to compete for 1st place! Congratulations Vikram – all of us at The Colorado State Spelling Bee and all of Colorado are SO proud of you!
We would like to congratulate the following finalists who competed in the Oral Rounds of the Colorado State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 5. We would also like to congratulate all of the State’s Top Spellers who participated in the virtual portion of the 2022 State Bee! We know you all put in a lot of work to be the champions of your local Spelling Bees.
2022 Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee Finalists
Zackary Bays – 6th grade – Roncalli Stem Academy – Pueblo
Lachlan Flanigan – 8th grade – Embark Education – Denver
Josiah Fuller – 6th grade – Aurora Quest K-8 – Aurora
Nikhil Ganta – 2nd grade – Traut Core Elementary – Fort Collins
Rebecca Jerison – 4th grade – Challenge To Excellence – Parker
Kathleen Keesey – 8th grade – Rocky Heights Middle – Littleton
Aditi Muthukumar – 6th grade – Hulstrom Options K-8 – Northglenn
Gabrielle Powell – 8th grade – Corwin International Magnet School – Pueblo
Vikram Raju – 7th grade – Aurora Quest K-8 – Aurora
Vedanth Raju – 4th grade – Aurora Quest K-8 – Aurora
Ira Rege – 7th grade – Ranch View Middle – Highlands Ranch
Bianca Saju – 8th grade – Mountain Ridge Middle – Highlands Ranch
Suyash Shrestha – 8th grade – Stargate Charter School – Thornton
Aayush Singh – 8th grade – Rocky Heights Middle – Littleton
Siddhi Singh – 8th grade – Stem Middle & High School – Highlands Ranch
Ayush Vispute – 7th grade – Mountain Ridge Middle – Colorado Springs
Click here to see the past Colorado State Spelling Bee champions.