• Two fourth-graders took top honors at the 2018 RPS District Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 23.

    Sean Roots, fourth-grade student at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School, was crowned the RPS District Spelling Bee Champion. Ansley Claire Plaisted, fourth-grade student at William Fox Elementary School, was the runner-up. The event was held at Mary Munford Elementary School, and featured bee winners from 31 elementary and middle schools across RPS. The district bee was the culmination of bees across RPS in recent months, featuring approximately 14,000 students in grades 2 through 8.

    To secure the win, Roots correctly spelled the word “timely.” Plaisted was eliminated on the word "cabochon." Roots has won Overby-Sheppard's bee the past two years. He also won the school bee in his second grade year, when he attended Bellevue Elementary.  

    Serving as the Pronouncer for the bee was Lisa Schaffner, Public Relations and Marketing Director for the United Network for Organ Sharing and former local TV news personality.

    Roots will represent RPS in the Regional Spelling Bee held at the Library of Virginia on March 10. As the runner-up, Plaisted will compete in the Regional Bee if Roots is unavailable.