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DDTwo Students Advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Six Dorchester School District Two students advanced to the 2023 SpellBound! Spelling Bee sponsored by The Post and Courier.


Competing against 64 other spellers in grades 5-8, Anika Khare from Rollings Middle School of the Arts was crowned the DDTwo Spelling Bee Champion after correctly spelling the word opponency.


“The spelling bee is a sport that requires strategy and study. It demanded a lot of my time, patience and perseverance, but in the end it paid off,” said Anika. “My family, teachers, friends, and fellow RMSA Knights believed in me, and I owe them a big thank you. Winning the spelling bee and representing DDTwo, one of the best districts in the Lowcountry, is truly an honor and I hope I continue to make everyone proud.”


Anika and the students who placed in the top six qualified to compete in The Post and Courier’s SpellBound! Spelling Bee on March 9 at Charleston Southern University.


Top 6 DDTwo Finalists:

  • First Place: Anika Khare, Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Second Place: Peyton Krueger, Oakbrook Middle School
  • Third Place: Luke Cullinan, DuBose Middle School
  • Fourth Place: Kai Cecchini, Joseph R. Pye Elementary School
  • Fifth Place: Caelan Gethers, Spann Elementary School
  • Sixth Place: Kinsley Browning, DuBose Middle School


Ms. Lisa Cuthbert, English Language Arts Interventionist and co-organizer of the DDTwo Spelling Bee, said, “We are always excited to offer opportunities for students to participate in academic competitions such as the spelling bee, which showcases their spelling, language, and communication skills.”


DDTwo students have a history of success in spelling bee competitions. Most recently, Drew David from DuBose Middle School won the 2019 DDTwo Spelling Bee and the SpellBound! Spelling Bee, which qualified him for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.