Students in Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools showed off their spelling skills as they vied for the title of schoolwide spelling bee champion. Through numerous rounds, seventh- and eighth-graders spelled countless words of increasing complexity. On Jan. 8, Merrick Avenue seventh-grader Hugh Cheung took top honors with “paralytic” in the 12th round of competition. Seventh-grader Andrew Brinton was the runner-up in that competition.
The following day, Grand Avenue eighth-grader David Collins was named the first-place winner after spelling the word “cryonic” correctly. Eighth-graders Nicole Failla and Michael Malone proved to be stiff competition as they lasted 12 rounds in the spelling bee.
Prior to the schoolwide competitions, students competed in their individual English classes, with two students 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 Feb. 9. The winner of the Long Island competition will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.