J-D Middle School student advances to Scripps National Spelling Bee

We’re excited to share that J-D Middle School seventh-grader Simran Sanders will once again compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Simran and two other J-DMS students were among 22 spellers who took part in the 2024 Post-Standard | Syracuse.com Spelling Bee at Syracuse University on Saturday, March 23. Simran won by correctly spelling the word “bobolink,” a noun defined as “an American songbird.”

“Simran is a fantastic example of Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School! She is brilliant, humble and kind. I am so proud of her,” shared J-D Middle School Principal Andy Eldridge.

This will mark the second time Simran has headed to Scripps. She was among 229 regional spelling champions from across the United States and overseas to compete at the national level last year. She tied for 57th place in the fifth round.

The 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place in Maryland. It’s scheduled to begin with the Preliminaries on Tuesday, May 28, and will conclude with the Finals on Thursday, May 30.

Congratulations and good luck Simran!

We would also like to give a shoutout to sixth-grader Kaya Prasad who finished in second place. Congrats Kaya on an amazing spelling bee run!

Image of J-DMS students Simran Sanders and Kaya Prasad.
Simran Sanders (left) and Kaya Prasad (right) celebrate finishing first and second in the 2024 Post-Standard | Syracuse.com Spelling Bee.