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Meet our Spelling Bee Champ

Meet our Spelling Bee Champ
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Spelling Bee Brings out the Best  

Students in Grades 1-8 were buzzing with excitement over the 2020 bee, competing in classroom competitions the first week of January. The top spellers in every class went on to the school-wide competition on Jan. 9. Ms. Russo, who runs the bee, says she thinks students who participate feel a sense of accomplishment. 

"By providing students with study lists, holding a classroom spelling bee and having a school-wide spelling bee allows for students to grow academically and socially. I, personally, had many students who normally wouldn't feel comfortable participating in something like a spelling bee, but got up there and did their thing with confidence."

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8th grader, Pearl C. came out on top with the winning word, "hotelier." 


How did you prepare for the Bee? 

I set aside time every day to study the words as well as making a vocabulary notebook with all the words in it. After we moved on to words other than the list I hadn't really studied so they were equally difficult however before spelling I always try to go over the word so I am confident in my letter choice.

How did you deal with your nerves? 

I was nervous but it helped that I was friends with Ria who got second place so we were able to still be friends up on stage as well. I combatted the nerves by making sure I was completely sure in how I wanted to spell the word so if I got it wrong it wouldn't be because I was rushing or because of a silly mistake.

What are your favorite words? 

I like spelling larger words because they are more fun to memorize; for example, one of the Hudson County words is 'prestidigitation' and I like it because it is very long but is easy to spell.

What do you like about being a good speller? 

I like spelling because I like memorizing things and getting them perfect the next time so I try to go into a spelling bee knowing all of the words that I know they will use. Preparing for the County Bee, I have created a system and I like it because the words are very organized and systematic. 

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