The 16 school Spelling Bee student winners plugged away through dozens of words and 19 rounds during today's District Spelling Bee at the Middle School.
Some tripped over some of the admittedly-difficult words, such as "irritability," "manifestation," "hydrogen," "conjure," "municipal," barracks," "intrigue," "animation," "altogether" and "systematic."
For 11 of the rounds, it was a back-and-forth spelling slugfest between students Iman Ahmed, Dakota Rivera and Aidan Chaffin.
In the end, grade 6 student Dakota Rivera and grade 7 student Aidan Chaffin were victorious and will represent Scotia-Glenville at the Capital Region Spelling Bee at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady on Tuesday, February 7. Aidan also represented Scotia-Glenville last year.
The champion of the regional bee will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC for the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27-June 1.
All of the students below had successfully won in their respective schools for the right to participate in the District Spelling Bee.
Here are the Building Champion Participants:
Ethan McKone, grade 4
Brandi Briere, grade 5
Justin Kubow, grade 5
Madeline Durant, grade 4
Brendan Caldwell, grade 5
Myles Piotrowski, grade 5
Nikolas Thompson, grade 5
Katherine Gallagher, grade 5
Lucas Parsons, grade 5
Ethan Berg, grade 4
Alexia D'Ambra, grade 4
Amy Fuller, grade 5
Iman Ahmed, grade 6
Dakota Rivera, grade 6
Aidan Chaffin, grade 7
Sophie Calderon, grade 7
Parents and well-wishers were greeted by Maureen A. Long,
S-G director of curriculum and instruction and interim Glen-Worden
principal. Sacandaga Principal Ann Comley pronounced the words
during the bee. Glendaal Principal Thomas Eagan, Interim Lincoln
Principal John Geniti and Long served as judges.
Here are a few scenes from the District Spelling Bee. Click on the image to enlarge it: