MIDDLE SCHOOL RESULTS
Twenty-two students in grades six through eight competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee. Lucia Montagnese (8th grade) won in the 38th round by correctly spelling conifers. Violet Baird (6th grade) came in second place and Henry Rothbauer (6th grade) came in third place. Some of the correctly spelled words included craquelure, dendrochronology, and Sumerian. Well-done QVMS spellers!
For the second year in a row, fifth grader Gavin Muretisch emerged as Osborne Elementary’s Spelling Bee Champion! Twenty-three fourth and fifth grade students qualified from a classroom competition to compete in the event. Gavin won in the 54th round by correctly spelling the word pullets. Other correctly-spelled words include aptitude, antechamber, and photosynthesis. Fifth grader Agnes Picarsic came in second place, and fourth grader Johan Seidensticker finished in third place. Way to go, Osborne!
Twenty-one fourth and fifth grade students, who had qualified from a classroom competition, competed in the event. The event went a record setting 50 rounds! Some of the correctly spelled words included coccidiosis, meitnerium, and retinitis pigmentosa. Jack Turan, Teagan Hunzeker, Mia Casker and Opal Cress all made it through the entire list of studied words onto the unstudied list. In the end, 5th grade student Jack Turan was announced the champion! Teagan Hunzeker placed second and Mia Casker was third. Opal Cress was our fourth-grade winner, and she placed fourth overall.
School level champions, Lucia, Jack, and Gavin, have earned a space in the regional preliminary round conducted through the Scripps online portal. The top ten spellers from the region will then advance to the Western PA Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, held at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse on Sunday, March 24, 2024.
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.