Dhyey Shah, an eighth-grade student enrolled in Montverde Academy’s Middle-school, was runner-up (2nd place) in the 2015 Lake County Spelling Bee that took place at the Eustis Community Center last Friday morning, February 27th, 2015. Seminole Springs Elementary School (Eustis fifth-grader) Levi Kaplan properly spelled “F-L-A-M-B-E” to win the annual county-wide spelling bee. According to a Lake County press release, “In Lake, first-place winners from each participating school will compete in the county spelling bee, which is being coordinated by Lake County Schools’ Academic Services Unit in partnership with The Orlando Sentinel. The Golden Triangle Kiwanis in partnership with the Educational Foundation of Lake County will present the winner with a $100 check, and the runner-up will receive a $50 check.”

“It was a nerve-racking experience though. I was the. I, along with the winner, will go on to compete in the district Spelling Bee sponsored by the Orlando Sentinel. If I do win the District Spelling Bee, I will be able to go on to compete in Washington D.C. This is an article that the Orlando Sentinel wrote about the Lake County Spelling Bee with some more information on what happened. I was able to win fifty dollars and a nice trophy. Right after the Spelling Bee ended my dad said, ‘Now you have to win a ticket to D.C.,’ even though he didn’t expect me to even get to the District Spelling Bee before.” Shah informed Montverde.org.

The list of participating schools in the 2015 Lake County Spelling Bee were as follows:

Cecil E. Gray Middle
Christian Home and Bible
Clermont Elementary
East Ridge Middle
Eustis Elementary
Eustis Heights Elementary
Eustis Middle
Groveland Elementary
Imagine South Lake Charter
Lake Preparatory
Lost Lake Elementary
Minneola Elementary Charter
Montverde Academy
Mount Dora Middle
Oak Park Middle
Sawgrass Bay Elementary
Seminole Springs Elementary
St. Paul’s Catholic
Tavares Middle
Umatilla Middle
Villages Elementary
Windy Hill Middle


Both Kaplan and Shah will compete at the regional spelling bee held on Thursday, March 24, 2015, at the Orlando Sentinel’s main Orlando, Florida, office. That winner will qualify to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee being held in Washington, D.C., later this year. To read more about the “spellbinding” day, please visit the following February 27th, 2015, article from the Orlando Sentinel HERE.