Alameda’s top speller, Ella Banchieri, an eighth grader at Lincoln Middle School, has been certified as an Alameda County Champion and will represent the county at the California State Spelling Bee, Saturday, May 4. Banchieri took second place at the Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee on March 16. She came behind first-place speller Anisha Rao, an eighth grader at Fallon Middle School in the Dublin Unified School District.