Truckee fifth-grader among top spellers in Placer County |

Truckee fifth-grader among top spellers in Placer County

Ryan Rintala, with his parents, Dawn and Roger, and his sister, Aspen.
Courtesy TTUSD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Ryan Rintala, a fifth-grade student at Truckee Elementary, recently earned a spot to compete in Placer County’s oral spelling bee competition.

In January, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District held a district-wide spelling bee for its fourth- and fifth-grade students, and the top six from each grade level qualified to compete in Placer County’s written spelling bee.

Not only was Rintala the top fifth-grade speller in TTUSD’s competition, he was one of the top 10 county-wide spellers and advanced to compete in the 2015 Placer County Oral Spelling Bee earlier this month.

Rintala was very excited to participate in the spelling bee and studied the county’s practice words for weeks. His competition was stiff, but he still made it through multiple rounds in the bee.

“It was amazing to be in that spot, at that moment, and to look back on what I did to get there and how far I went to achieve this dream,” he said. “It was awesome!”

Mardiece Patrick, Ryan’s fifth-grade teacher, was thrilled to learn that Ryan had qualified for the county’s oral contest.

“I am so proud of Ryan. He accepted this challenge with alacrity and humility,” she said. “He deserves to be recognized as a truly gifted speller!”

Rintala came in sixth place overall for his grade level in Placer County’s oral competition. The winner from this event advances to the state competition, which will be held April 18.

Aside from spelling, Rintala is passionate about fishing, big mountain skiing, hip-hop dance, baseball, music and reading.

His favorite author is Rick Riordan, and he’s looking forward to the next book on Norse mythology.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit to learn more.

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