Middle Schools Continue Day of Service Mission

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Student ambassadors from both Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools continued their hard work for the districtwide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service initiative.  

As a district, students had collected school supplies and winter gear for local charities and local families over the past few months.  

On Jan. 16, students from all over the district joined their efforts and delivered the donations to local charities. On Jan. 26, the middle school ambassadors delivered donations to the local elementary schools.  

The elementary buildings from both Merrick and Bellmore were extremely grateful, and excited to hear about the work students put in.  

“All in all, the MLK Day of Service was an outstanding event that provided valuable goods to those in need, and provided the students of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District a priceless, lifelong lesson,” said Andrew Del Rosario, assistant principal at Grand Avenue.

Middle School Students Compete in Scripps Spelling Bee

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Students in Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue Middle Schools showed off their spelling skills as they vied for the title of school-wide spelling bee champion. Competing through numerous rounds, seventh- and eighth-graders spelled countless words of increasing complexity. On Jan. 12, Grand Avenue eighth-grader Josh Levy took top honors with “pneumonia” in the 13th round of competition.  Eighth-grader, Carly Abramowitz, was the runner up in that competition.

At Merrick Avenue on Jan. 13, eighth-grader Katherine St. George was named the first-place winner after spelling the championship word “deglutition” correctly.  Eighth-grader Charles Berin proved to be tough competition as this bee also lasted 13 rounds.

Prior to the school-wide competitions, students competed in their individual English classes, with representatives from each class moving on to the school level bee. Both school winners will progress to the Hofstra University Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on March 13. The winner of the Long Island competition will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.