District Spelling Bee Goes 34 Rounds

Feb. 9, 2017 ~ David Lye, a fifth-grader from Sunnyside Elementary School, has won the Olathe Spelling Bee in 34 rounds and will represent the district at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Approximately 45 students competed in the bee. Lye correctly spelled "plutology" to win the bee. Kruti Nataraj, an Indian Trail Middle School eighth-grader, came in second place.

"We are proud of all of the participants who represented their individual schools and our district so well," Executive Director of General Administration/Elementary Programs Brent Yeager said. "David did an outstanding job and we wish him the best of luck at the National Spelling Bee.

“This was an exceptional bee, lasting about 45 minutes longer than last year’s competition. Our final two spellers went head to head for about 15 minutes before a winner could be determined."

The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee will be held May 27-June 2, near Washington, D.C. "The Olathe News" sponsors the Olathe bee.

David Lye and Kruti Nataraj Fifth-grader David Lye won the district spelling bee and will attend the national bee in May. If he is unable to attend, second-place speller Kruti Nataraj of Indian Trail Middle School will represent the Olathe district.
David Lye gets his photo taken

Sunnyside Elementary Principal David Kearney took a photo of his student, David Lye, after the fifth-grader won the district spelling bee.

Photos by Cody Kennedy