DOWNTOWN -- After a grueling 20 Round Spelling Bee which lasted to over 250 words, Simola Nayak from Henderson Middle School was named the winner after spelling "tautologous". Simola is 13 years of age and in the 8th grade. Her opponent is a familiar competitor who she ha sparred with in the past. Andalib Malit Samandari is from the same district, same age, same grade, yet attends Renfroe Middle School.
It was a hard fought battle, but the 2 fully enjoyed it and Simola could not hide her excitement that now she will represent Georgia in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in late May.
The following are the nine [GAE] districts’ and the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) winners and runners-up: