Dul Dul Wins Terry N. Shelton Spelling Bee

Seventh grader Saber Dul Dul won the Terry N. Shelton Spelling Bee on Friday, December 9, and will represent Memphis University School at the Shelby County Spelling Bee.
The other four finalists were eighth graders Ike Emmert and Kaanit Valiani and seventh graders Will Perkins and Mustafa Rehan. Perkins came in third place while Dul Dul and Valiani battled it out for the top spot in the contest. Dul Dul spelling “gaels” and “hurdy-gurdy” back-to-back brought him the win.  

When Dul Dul finished his final word, the seventh-grade crowd went wild! The final two contestants shook hands in a show of sportsmanship, then Instructor in English Dax Torrey lifted Dul Dul’s arm in victory. 

Torrey and fellow English instructor Anna Hedgepeth officiated the weeks-long championship in Dunavant Lecture Hall. Torrey organizes the event, which is named for the late Mr. Shelton who served as the spelling bee advisor for many years.