Students Compete for Chance to Advance in National Spelling Bee

Students in 4th through 8th grade competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee school level competitions on Wednesday, February 5.  The following are the results in each school:

Seventh grader, Joyce Olawaiye placed first at the Middle School Spelling Bee Championship.  Fifteen students in grades 6-8 competed in the event. Joyce won in the 9th round by correctly spelling satsuma.  Sixth grader Genevieve Kain came in second place while sixth grader Dominic Pogue and seventh grader Lucas Ratkovich tied for third.  

Fifth grader Rachel Bartels emerged as Osborne Elementary’s Spelling Bee Champion.  Twenty-two fourth and fifth grade students qualified from a classroom competition to participate in the event.  Rachel won in the 15th round by correctly spelling the word "brayed."  Fifth grader Stanley Hyman came in second place, and fourth grader Nic Cohen finished in third place.

Fifth grader, Kieran Cain, was Edgeworth Elementary’s Spelling Bee Champion.  Twenty-two fourth and fifth grade students, who had qualified from a classroom competition, competed in the event.  Kieran won in the 26th round by correctly spelling the word boiling.  Vito Pogue, 4th grader, earned second place.

School level champions, Joyce, Rachel, and Kieran, will advance to the Western PA Spelling Bee at Robert Morris University on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The champion of the Western PA Spelling Bee will win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2020.

Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors.  The program’s purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.


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