Photo Provided: Left to Right: Josh Wall, Konrad Kolembe, Dhanishka Sudarsan, Matt Deeds

Warsaw Community Schools would like to congratulate all participants of the Kosciusko County Spelling Bee, hosted on the evening of Tuesday, January 17, 2023.  Matt Deeds, Principal of Harrison Elementary, served as the emcee and announcer. Honorary guest judges included Missy Rees, Principal of Claypool Elementary School, Nate Polston, Principal of Leesburg Elementary School, and Cheri Sleighter, Principal of Washington.


Spelling Bee participants were  Kennedy Shilling, Christopher (Van) Crisp, Barrett Hodorek, Caroline Clemens, Dhanishka Sudarsan, Chaitrali Chavan, Konrad Kolembe, Madisyn Bowen, Brody Anderson, Cameron Thompson, Jonah Burgher, Jayla Bautista, Elizabeth Eckman, Carson Haack, Abigail Hale


The winner of the 2023 Spelling Bee was Dhanishka Sudarsan, 5th grader from Harrison Elementary. Runner-up was Konrad Kolembe, 5th grader from Jefferson Elementary. 


Dhanishka Sudarsan will be registered into to take the Regional Qualifier Test (a 50-item spelling and word meaning test) between February 10 and February 17, 2023.  The top area finishers on the Regional Qualifier Test will advance to the Scripps National Indiana Regional Bee in March 2023.


Congratulations to both finalists and their worthy competitors. A special thanks goes out to all of the organizers and families.