The annual school wide spelling bee as part of the National Scripps Spelling Bee competition was held at the Edna Louise Spear Middle School. The spelling bee allows children from fourth and fifth grade to participate in a program that not only will help advance their current vocabulary, but also improve their spelling. The district said it hopes to use the competition as a way to "foster a deeper comprehension of the correct usage of the English Language."
In order to participate, each classroom held private spelling bee challenges. Two winners from each class moved on to spell in the ultimate competition against their peers in hopes of winning first or second place.
According to the district, with the correct spelling of “portmanteau,” fifth-grader Peggy Yin won the championship round, followed by runner-up Royce Perera.
Peggy will move on to the local spelling bee held at Hofstra University on Feb. 9, to compete against students from across the island.