Some of the best young spellers in northwest Louisiana went head-to-head this past Saturday in the 2022 SCRIPPS Regional Spelling Bee held on the campus of Louisiana State University – Shreveport.
This year’s event featured 24 students from second through eighth grades, including three representatives from the Jackson Parish School District. Local competitors were Damion McMillan from Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary School, Victoria Leonard from Jonesboro-Hodge Middle School, and Caden Jackson from Quitman High School.
Sahil Thorat, 12, of Caddo Middle Magnet was crowned the 2022 northwest Louisiana Regional Spelling Bee champion. He and a parent now get an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in June to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.