NORTHWEST RANKIN MIDDLE SCHOOLER WINS 2018 STATE SPELLING BEE

Vaibhavi Mahajan (right), 13, an eighth-grade student from Northwest Rankin Middle School, Rankin County School District, is Mississippi’s 2018 Spelling Bee Champion. Pictured with her are Runner-up was Iris Xu , 12, a sixth-grader from Hayes Cooper Center in the Cleveland School District (left) and Joyce Helmick, MAE President.


JACKSON, MS – Vaibhavi Mahajan, 13, an eighth-grade student from Northwest Rankin Middle School, Rankin County School District, is Mississippi’s 2018 Spelling Bee Champion. Miss Mahajan spelled the championship word expropriate in the 21st round of the Bee and will advance to the 91st Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., where she will compete against Spelling Bee Champions from every state in America.

Runner-up was Iris Xue , 12, a sixth-grader from Hayes Cooper Center in the Cleveland School District.

Miss Mahajan is the daughter of Jayant and Gouri Mahajan of Brandon; Miss Xue is the daughter of Yonggin Zhang.

The Mississippi Spelling Bee was broadcast live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) from the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium of Jackson State University, host for the event. MPB plans to air this exciting event again; local listings will provide the exact date and time of the rebroadcast.

A total of 47 students from across Mississippi were eligible for the Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee title. The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) has sponsored this event for the past nine years and was honored to have Kevin Farrell, Assistant Director of Radio for MPB, as the official pronouncer for the competition.

The Mississippi Association of Educators funds the expenditures for the winner and one parent for the National Spelling Bee which will be televised May 28 – June 1, 2018. MAE is committed to ensuring Mississippi students are represented at the national level and congratulates all the winners who participated in Tuesday’s spelling competition.

MAE thanks partner, Mississippi Public Broadcasting, for their expert production of this educational event and thanks Jackson State University for contributing the use of their spacious auditorium. We also extend our gratitude to the many volunteers who worked so diligently to make this event a success.

For additional information concerning the Mississippi Spelling Bee, please contact coordinator Teresa Robinson at 601-354-4463 or TRobinson@maetoday.org.

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The Mississippi Association of Educators is the oldest education organization in the state. MAE has a membership of approximately 8,000 members and includes all educators, classroom teachers, principals, superintendents and education support professionals.