Spellers in grades 4-8 show off their skills
Spellers in grades 4-8 show off their skills

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School students from grades 4-8 got to show off their spelling skills at two school bees in January and February. The competitors in each bee—one for grades 4-5, the other for grades 6-8—were competing for spots in county-wide contests.

In grades 4-5, 18 students participated. The competition went 11 rounds as students spelled words such as aerosol, exhaust, fascination, and beseech. The top two winners were fifth-graders Emily (1st) and Bryana (2nd), followed by fourth-graders Landyn (1st alternate) and Will (2nd alternate). Emily and Bryana competed in the Lyceum of Monterey County spelling bee on February 15.

Santa Catalina Middle School spelling bee winners

Nine students competed in the middle school, three from each grade. Words included fiercest, disinfectant, and mulish. By Round 7, two seventh-graders and two eighth-graders remained. By Round 12, we had a winner: Israa in grade 7, who correctly spelled carborane and palladium. Domenic (grade 8) took 2nd place while Alex (grade 7) finished third. Israa will participate in the Monterey County Office of Education spelling bee on March 15.

Congratulations to all of our spellers!

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