How do you spell “champion?” Oakland students head to the county spelling bee

Oakland's spelling bee champs head to the county bee.

We caught up with Oakland’s spelling bee champs, just before the Alameda County Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 16th.

Oscar Ryan, 10, of Chabot Elementary and Julia Stewart, also 10, of Montclair Elementary tied for a first place win in the elementary school category at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) bee in February. Aaron Freid, 13, of Edna Brewer Middle School beat out his competitors in the junior high category. All three of Oakland’s best spellers will compete tomorrow in the Alameda County Spelling Bee at Cull Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. The top two elementary school competitors and the top two junior high competitors at the county bee will move on to the state finals in April.

For more information on the county bee, click here.

Bee footage courtesy of David Castaneda.


  1. Evangeline Ogboru

    good to know

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