Rivers student wins Atlanta Public Schools’ spelling bee

Davis Trimble, a fifth-grader at E. Rivers Elementary School in Buckhead, correctly spelled “troika” to win Atlanta Public Schools’ 57th Annual District-Wide Spelling Bee Jan. 30 at Douglass High School after eight grueling rounds of competition.

“It feels good. I spent a lot of time studying and it really paid off,” Davis said of the championship in an article posted on the district’s website by Alicia Sands Lurry.

Held in partnership with the Atlanta Association of Educators, this year’s spelling bee also saw Morris Brandon Elementary’s Lily Nastopoulos and BEST Academy’s Jacarri Almond place second and third, respectively. Lily and Jacarri will join Davis in representing the district at the Georgia Association of Educators’ Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 24 at Douglass High.

In the Atlanta district’s spelling bee, students from more than 35 schools participated, competing to spell a bevy of difficult words, such as tempestuous, gargoyle, requisites, chinchilla, forsythia, peloton, camphor, diphthong and more.

However, it wasn’t until Davis masterfully spelled the winning word, troika – which means a group of three – that a spelling bee champion was finally named.

“The spelling bee showcases some of the district’s best talent from elementary and middle schools in every cluster, and all of them are really fabulous spellers,” said Jermal Riggins, the district’s K-5 literacy coordinator. “We are extremely proud of all of these outstanding students.”

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