Jackson County Spelling Bee won by charter school student

After 75 rounds extending two days, Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, Mo., was declared the winner of the Jackson County Spelling Bee, advancing him to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

The first day of the bee, in February, ended with Kush and a student from Lee’s Summit Elementary School tied when bee organizers ran out of words after 66 rounds.  The final competition was held March 8.  After correctly spelling ‘definition’, Kush was named the winner after the ninth round of the day.  Most spelling bees don’t exceed 20 rounds.

National and worldwide news coverage has focused on Kush’s success, including stories in The Kansas City Star and on Today and NBC News.

Frontier School of Innovation is sponsored by the UMKC Charter School Center, which is affiliated with the UMKC School of Education.