New Will County Spelling Bee Champ Wins with ‘Ignominious’

Will County National Spelling Bee Wins with 'Ignominious'
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Will County National Spelling Bee Wins with ‘Ignominious’ (Joliet, IL) — Ribhu Chaher is the champion of the Will County regional spelling bee sponsored by Regional Office of Education and Exxon-Mobile. His winning word was ignominious. The competition, involving 32 spellers from 32 local schools, lasted 17 rounds.

Honorable mention to the second and third place winners:

2nd Place- Noah Wachter

3rd place- Greyson Denny

Spellers competed at Lincoln-Way West H.S. on March 14, 2024. Laura Yanchick served as pronouncer for the competition, and the judges – tasked with tracking every word and verifying spelling accuracy – were Cheslea Bowen and Melanie Short. Spellers studied “Words of the Champions”, the 4,000-word list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to prepare for the competition.

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Ribhu Chaher now advances to compete in the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer near Washington, D.C. The semifinals on May 29 and the finals on May 30 will be televised on ION.

In addition to qualifying for the national competition, Ribhu Chaher also wins these prizes:

  • The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award is a 2024 United States Mint Proof Set provided by Jay Sugarman, chairman and CEO of iStar Financial, in honor of his father. Chaher will receive the prize in the summer.
  • Britannica Online Premium is a one-year subscription for the premier online resource from Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online is a one-year subscription for the official word source for all levels of competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. ● Epic Family is a one-year subscription for the world’s largest digital library for kids with access to 40,000+ kids’ books, videos and audiobooks.
  • Tynker is a one-year home subscription for a leading K-12 creative coding platform plus eight live, 1-on-1 online coding classes.

“Last night was an extremely proud moment for me as I witnessed our Will County students compete with strength and dignity. Also, I appreciate the overall support from the families and teachers who have fostered a love for learning in their children. This event certainly builds great character in these students.” Dr. Caparelli-Ruff, Regional Superintendent for Will Regional Office of Education.

The Regional Office of Education has sponsored the regional bee event for many years. The competition encourages the exploration of words and lifelong curiosity, with a focus on helping students set goals and dedicate time to study and prepare. Participation in the bee program also provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking and poise under pressure.  The Scripps National Spelling Bee provides the list of words for the regional competition. The Bee reaches millions of students across the country and in other parts of the world with the classroom materials it provides to enrolled schools.

Will County National Spelling Bee Wins with ‘Ignominious’


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