Spelling Success

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School showcased their spelling abilities at the school’s third annual spelling bee competition on Jan. 6. Fourth-grader Justin Lowenhar was crowned the winner and will move on to participate in the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University in February, with the hopes of making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Ten fourth-graders and ten fifth-graders competed in the school competition after being named classroom winners. The students gathered on the stage in the school cafeteria as their classmates and teachers cheered them on. One by one the students approached the podium for a new word. The difficulty of the words increased as the rounds continued.

The final two students were Lowenhar and fifth-grader Aidan Saunders. Lowenhar was crowned the winner by spelling his final word, “tenaciously” correct.

“It feels great,” he said. “I’ve watched the National Spelling Bee on TV since I was four or five years old. I’ve been dreaming about this.”

Congratulations to all of the students that participated in this exciting event!