J-D student takes 57th place in Scripps National Spelling Bee

photo of Simran Sanders
Simran Sanders

J-D Middle School student Simran Sanders was among 229 regional spelling champions from across the United States and overseas to compete in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The sixth grader tied for 57th place in the fifth round. 

Simran went out during the definition portion of the Quarterfinals. She was asked to define “enigmatology” by choosing an answer from three options. Before that, she made it through four rounds by correctly spelling three words and defining another.

“We’ve all enjoyed watching Simran shine on the stage this week. We were in direct communication with Simran’s parents to keep students, parents, and staff updated on her competition schedule. It was streamed live in the cafeteria so classmates and staff could see her in action. Simran should be very proud of how far she made it in the competition, because we are. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to reach that level. We can’t wait to celebrate her accomplishment when she returns” said J-D Middle School Principal Andy Eldridge. 

Simran was sponsored by The Post-Standard. She’s eligible to compete in the Syracuse regional and national spelling bee for two more years.

We’re all so proud of you Simran!