A Spell-endid Performance

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Max Stratton, a fifth-grade student at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, was named the champion of the school’s second annual spelling bee.

In the beginning of the school year, each fourth- and fifth-grade class individually held a spelling bee contest. The winners and runner-ups from each class were then qualified to be contestants in the fourth- and fifth-grade school-wide spelling bee held on Jan. 8.

During the spelling competition, fellow peers in the audience raised their hands in the air and wiggled their fingers to silently applaud contestants after each word he or she spelled correctly. Down to the final two competitors, Stratton claimed the first place title after correctly spelling the word ‘mawkish’, while fifth-grade student Kamden Johansen received runner-up.

Stratton will move on to represent his school in the Scripps National Spelling Program Regional Contest at Hofstra University on March 13.