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Recognizing Elementary Students for Advanced Achievements

The Port Jefferson Board of Education, along with Edna Louise Spear Elementary School Principal Thomas Meehan, recognized elementary students at the Feb. 11 community meeting for their outstanding achievements in geography, history and spelling.

Aaron Held, Andrew Patterson, Lucas Welinder and Peggy Yin received the highest scores in the intramural round of the National History Bee and advanced to the next level of competition, the online regional qualifying exam. This is the district’s second year participating in the academic competition, which tests knowledge in a wide range of historical topics

Studies Enriching Academic Learning students Hailey Hearney, Aaron Held, Jack Reiley, Lucas Welinder and Peggy Yin competed in the school’s preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee, which tested their knowledge in the areas of cultural, economic and physical geography, plants and animals, geographic comparisons and more. Lucas, who took third place in last year’s national championship, was named champion of the school-level competition.

Fifth-grader Peggy Yin, who won the annual schoolwide spelling bee, a part of the National Scripps Spelling Bee competition, represented the district at the local spelling bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 9. There, she contended against students islandwide and made it to the final rounds of competition.

Thomas Meehan February 20, 2014 at 09:57 AM
These children are representative of the type of boys and girls that populate our elementary school. They will go far in these contests, as well in their lives. I couldn't be prouder. Mr. Meehan

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