Six students recently braved an evening snowstorm to participate in the hourlong spelling bee at Newark Middle School.
“These students showcased courage and ability, positively representing our Middle School,” said eighth-grade English language arts teacher Melissa Hager, who was in charge of the event. “The champion of the bee was sixth-grader Mikalya Miller, who spelled ‘custard’ to walk away with the win in the 15th round.
“Our second-place finisher was seventh-grader Cynthia Hernandez and our third-place contestant was eighth-grader Jose Ventura. Our top two spellers will compete in the Regional Scripps National Spelling Bee competition on Saturday, March 23 at Hobart and William Smith.”
The regional winner will continue on to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Hager would pronounce and enunciate each word, and use the word in a sentence, before each contestant was required to spell it during the bee. To participate in the NMS Spelling Bee, all students took a spelling test.
The other contestants were sixth-grader Sierra George, seventh-grader Brooklyn Baker and eighth-grader Tariq Joseph Jr.
Word lists were provided by Scripps. Principal Teresa Prinzi served as judge.