The daughter of Chris and Purvi Patel, Deeya has aspirations to be a doctor. “I love to work hard and help people while I’m at it. There is so much variety and diversity in that field,” she said. In addition to spelling, Deeya’s interests include writing, volleyball, and basketball.
The runner-up is Corrina Peachey, an 8th grader from Elkton Middle School. Corrina is the daughter of Janina and Andrew Peachey. Her school’s winner each of the last three years, she will be making a return visit to the regional bee.
3rd Place - Jacqueline Diaz - J. Frank Hillyard Middle School
4th Place - Takoma Williams - J. Frank Hillyard Middle School
5th Place - Daniel Malabad - Wilbur S. Pence Middle School
6th Place - Evan Kulp - Wilbur S. Pence Middle School
7th Place - Noelle Ropp - J. Frank Hillyard Middle School
8th Place - Danny Gass - Cub Run Elementary
9th Place - Aidan Cahill - Montevideo Middle School
The Regional Spelling Bee, hosted by the Rockingham District Ruritans,
will be held on March 10, 2018 at Eastern Mennonite University.