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Martin Meylin Holds Online Spelling Bee
Saaketh Vemuri Advances to Central PA Championship

2020 2021 Spelling Bee Winners web

Top Spellers (left to right): Anna Horner, Preston Schonour, Saaketh Vemuri, and Julianna Fry. Not pictured, Kayla Downing

A traditional spelling bee wasn't in the cards for Martin Meylin Middle School this year, but students had a chance to compete through an virtual event on December 8. Teachers determined the top spellers through materials from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

2021 Martin Meylin Spelling Bee Winners

  • Preston Schonour (8th grade) - first place
  • Anna Horner (8th grade) - second place (tie)
  • Kayla Downing (7th grade) - second place (tie)
  • Saaketh Vemuri (8th grade) - third place
  • Julianna Fry (6th grade) - alternate


Between January 20-24, Martin Meylin's team took a written test to qualify for the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee. WITF announced the finalists in a press release on January 26 and Saaketh Vemuri is among the 33 spellers who will advance to the Grand Championship Spelling Bee on February 27. The virtual event will be broadcast on WITF-TV on March 7 at 6pm, March 12 at 3pm, and March 14 at 8am.

Congratulations to all and good luck to Saaketh in the Championship Bee!

WITF Central PA Spelling Bee Program


*Alternate Julianna Fry took the place of Anna Horner, who had other obligations, for the qualifying test.

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