Sanger student ‘stays on Scripp’ to win spell off

Sixth grader wins Fresno County Superintendent of Schools’ Spell Off, is now set to compete in the national spelling bee in May

Aarav Mann won the Fresno County spelling bee after spelling the award-winning word “neuropathy.” (Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.)
Aarav Mann won the Fresno County spelling bee after spelling the award-winning word “neuropathy.” (Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.)
Darren Fraser
Published March 26, 2024  • 
10:00 am

SANGER – A Washington Academic Middle School (WAMS) student spelled his way into the Scripps National Spelling Bee, where he will be competing in Maryland this May.

Sixth grader Aarav Mann was feeling no pain as he correctly spelled “neuropathy” at the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) County Spell Off on March 19 to advance to the national event.

Fifty-three elementary and 36 junior high students from 29 school districts participated in the Spell Off. There are three components to the FCSS Spell off – the elementary competition, the junior high competition and the Scripps National Qualifying Competition. Each is an oral competition.

There were four finalists – two from elementary and two from junior high. These four then participated in the Scripps Qualifying Bee. Mann won the contest and was crowned the Scripps Regional Champion.

Students, including the spelling bee winner Aarav Mann, at the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools County Spell Off for 2024. (Office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.)

The California State Spelling Bee will take place on April 27. The top two elementary and junior high school finishers in Spell Off earned their spots in the statewide competition.

FCSS has been a Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Partner for the fifth year in a row.

Darren Fraser
Reporter