Keith Valley Middle School Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee, Will Advance to National Competition


(MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA) – Keith Valley Middle School 6th grader Jonathan Xi was named the winner of the Bucks/Mont Regional Spelling Bee today and will move on to virtual qualifying rounds for the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee, with a chance to represent the region on July 8 near Orlando, Florida.

Jonathan received the most points in the spelling bee, the official regional qualifier for students who live and attend school in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The spelling bee was held online this year to ensure that all our 24 school champions could participate.

The runner up is Priana Khant, a 6th grader from Pennridge Middle School. Three students tied for third place in the regional bee: Kent Foo, a 5th grader from The Haverford School; Caleb Hook, an 8th grader at Boyertown Middle School East; and Xavier Voci, a 6th grader at Welsh Valley Middle School.

The third-place, runner-up, and champion of the Bucks/Mont Spelling Bee were announced today in a Facebook Live celebration that honored all our champion spellers.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will move our champion on through qualifying rounds until 10 to 12 finalists remain. The final rounds of the Bee will be hosted in person at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort on July 8th.

The regional bee is sponsored by the Mideastern Region of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (MER/PSEA) and the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS), along with community volunteers, Perkasie Rotary and Pennridge Community Education Foundation.

“PSEA CAPS is excited to work alongside our community partners to provide this amazing enrichment opportunity for students,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA-Mideastern Region. “We are thankful to have so many great individuals working to make this event a success under the unique circumstances of this school year.”

CAPS is an initiative of MER/PSEA, founded to promote the success of Bucks and Montgomery county public schools.