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Can you spell "vegetarian fajitas"?
On Thursday, December 1st, Antioch Elementary held their annual Spelling Bee. Our last year's runner-up, Jonathan Hutteman, won this year. He will represent us in the upcoming district spelling bee. Jonathan, a fifth grader in Mrs. Dicenzo's class, spelled vegetarian correctly, and was given fajitas as his winning round word. Makes one hungry just thinking about it, doesn't it? Lea Schwartz, a fifth grader in Ms. Christians' class is our runner-up, beating out Nimalan Subramanian, a third grader from Mrs. Carrasquillo's class.
The spelling bee lasted 17 rounds this year, which was the same amount of rounds as last year. But, last year, 10 of those rounds were just between Jonathan and the winner, Siret Mann! Our fearless leader, Mrs. Dillon, read the words to the students, and Mrs. McKinney, a fifth grade teacher, facilitated the bee. Mrs. Dillon was surprised at some of the sentences that were provided, particularly the one for "dryness". But, she read exactly what was provided.
When asked how they felt about the bee, Jonathan said that it was an "exhilarating experience" and Lea said it was "scary". Two perspectives from two wonderful spellers. Lea's mom, Lisa-Leigh Swartz, mentioned that Lea had been in Jonathan's class for two years of the spelling bee, so this was her first year to represent her class. Jonathan always won! So, she was happy to have Lea in the bee and do so well. We are excited to have Jonathan be our representative and are sure he will represent our school proudly. If he is unavailable, Lea will be our representative.
Written by: Kathy Gwinn, media specialist
Posted: Dec 06, 2011 by Kathy Gwinn