Austin Regional Spelling Bee announces EISD, LTISD, LISD final participants


The West Austin Chamber of Commerce and Scripps National Spelling Bee announced the final participants for the Austin Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held Sunday, March 25, at the ZACH Topfer Theatre.

47 students have advanced to the regional round from a group of 103 local school spelling bee winners in a 10-county zone: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis and Williamson. The 47 advancing students were selected by their scores from an online spelling and vocabulary test administered by Scripps.

The Austin Regional Spelling Bee will crown one winner who will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC. Austin residents and families will be able to watch this winner live on the ESPN event broadcast in May.

The Austin Regional Spelling Bee is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at

Eanes ISD
Barton Creek Elementary School–Grace Jiang
West Ridge Middle School–Alice Huang

Lake Travis ISD
Lake Travis Middle School–Saba Salehi
Serene Hills Elementary School–Cole Nguyen

Leander ISD
Block House Creek Elementary School–Emory Rodgers
Camacho Elementary School–Meadow Stevens
Canyon Ridge Middle School–Akash Shah
Cedar Park Middle School–Eshan Bharadwaj
Charlotte Cox Elementary School–Natalie Vuong
Laura Welch Bush Elementary School–Avery LaRusso
Reed Elementary School–Julianne Choe
River Place Elementary School–Ninaad Nair
Running Brushy Middle School–Rachel Poycattle
Rutledge Elementary School–Natasha Nahvi
Steiner Ranch Elementary School–Mary Kate Liechty
Westside Elementary School–Kenzie Vo

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Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.
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