Woodbrook Elementary wins State Spelling Championship

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•From left, Carmel Clay Schools Supt. Dr. Jeff Swensson, Spell Bowl Proctor Janet Vahle, Spell Bowl Coach Jay Vahle, team members Nicole Segaran, Faith Dee, Oscar Wang, Jerry Wang, Christopher Zou, Iris Yan, Kavya Harish, Abinay Devarakonda, Laasya Mamidipalli, Indraja Chatterjee, Priya Una, and Woodbrook Elementary School Principal Kelly Davis.

• From left, Carmel Clay Schools Supt. Dr. Jeff Swensson, Spell Bowl Proctor Janet Vahle, Spell Bowl Coach Jay Vahle, team members Nicole Segaran, Faith Dee, Oscar Wang, Jerry Wang, Christopher Zou, Iris Yan, Kavya Harish, Abinay Devarakonda, Laasya Mamidipalli, Indraja Chatterjee, Priya Una, and Woodbrook Elementary School Principal Kelly Davis.

The Woodbrook Elementary Spell Bowl Team has won the state championship in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and once again in 2012.

At the Jan. 28 Carmel Clay school board meeting, Woodbrook team members were presented award certificates. Recipients included Indraja Chatterjee, Faith Dee, Abinay Devarakonda, Kavya Harish, Laasya Mamidipalli, Nicole Segaran, Priya Una, Jerry Wang, Oscar Wang, Iris Yan and Christopher Zou.

Jay Vahle, a Carmel Clay Teacher of the Year in 2009, has coached the Woodbrook Spell Bowl teams since 2004.

“I am so fortunate to be able to work with incredible kids,” he said. “They inspire others to give their best in all they do and are a reason to celebrate the love of learning!”

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