Henrico, Va., Jan. 15, 2020 – Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader won in Round 8 by correctly spelling “breviary,” a book of daily prayers, hymns and psalms. The contest features spelling champions from 46 HCPS elementary schools and 12 middle schools, and determines who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Weston Kasberger was runner-up.

 

Among the words Nanduru spelled to win the title were “schadenfreude,” “tritium” and “kielbasa.”

 

With Nanduru’s win, Moody retains the spelling title, and Henrico Schools’ spelling trophy. Last year’s champion, Vishnoy Vadakkancheri, was also a Moody student. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made.

 

Nanduru will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 21 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

Ananya Nanduru, champion of Henrico County Public Schools' 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee, is flanked onstage Tuesday night by Kristi Kinsella, Henrico School Board Brookland District representative, and Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. Weston Kasberger, at right, was runner-up.
Ananya Nanduru, champion of Henrico County Public Schools’ 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee, is flanked onstage Tuesday night by Kristi Kinsella, Henrico School Board Brookland District representative, and Amy Cashwell, HCPS superintendent. Weston Kasberger, at right, was runner-up.
Ananya Nanduru stands at the mic Tuesday night during Henrico County Public Schools' 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader will represent Henrico in the regional contest March 21.
Ananya Nanduru stands at the mic Tuesday night during Henrico County Public Schools’ 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader will represent Henrico in the regional contest March 21.
Ananya Nanduru high-fives Weston Kasberger near the conclusion of Tuesday night's Henrico County Public Schools' 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee. Nanduru, a Moody Middle School seventh-grader, finished first, and Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Kasberger was runner-up.
Ananya Nanduru high-fives Weston Kasberger near the conclusion of Tuesday night’s Henrico County Public Schools’ 2020 Divisionwide Spelling Bee. Nanduru, a Moody Middle School seventh-grader, finished first, and Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Kasberger was runner-up.