Olathe student to represent district at National Spelling Bee

OLATHE, Kan. - It’s a spelling bee legacy. Vanya Shivashankar, a seventh grader at California Trail Middle School, will once again represent the Olathe School District at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring.

She won the district’s bee Thursday morning. She has been to the national bee three times, tying for fifth place last year.

What’s her secret? Ask questions before spelling.

“I want to make sure that even though I know the word, I don’t want to mess up on accident,” Vanya said.

Her sister Kavya won the big bee in 2009.

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