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Smithton student wins the 2021 regional spelling bee

Smithton Middle School 8th grader Jiya Shetty has won the Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee with the word joskin. She will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. There will be a series of virtual qualifying rounds beginning June 12 to narrow the field for the in-person National Spelling Bee in Orlando, Florida, on July 8.

Jiya's sister, Aanya, a student at Paxton Keeley Elementary School came in second place.  Jiya snagged the win from Aanya after nearly an hour and a half of spelling. 

The fourth annual Columbia Missourian Regional Spelling Bee was held on March 24 at the University of Missouri. Students from 25 schools completed an online test at the beginning of March. The 15 students with the highest scores competed in-person at the Bee, which was held in Smith Forum at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. 

Regional Spelling Bee Winner Jiya Shetty