3rd Grade Winners Roy Krueger, Jacqueline Mininberg and Grace Jackson. Mentors Elizabeth Ashton, Andrew McGowan and Molly Healey
Fifty seven third and fourth grade students from Redding and Easton competed in the 9th Annual Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton (BGCRE) Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 28th at Joel Barlow High School. The event was organized by BGCRE Keystone Club members Elizabeth Ashton and Nicole Dolcimascolo.
Words selected for the competition were chosen by past event coordinators Melanie Ambler and Andrea McGowan. The words were arranged into three categories — novice, difficult and challenge. As rounds progressed the words got more difficult. The spelling bee was split into two separate competitions, one for third grade students and another for fourth. Each bee lasted about an hour and a half with a practice round to start where no one was eliminated.
As part of the Spelling Bee program, each speller was paired with a high school mentor. The spellers worked with their mentors for several months practicing words and playing games in order to make the studying process more enjoyable.
For the third grade bee, Grace Jackson won the top prize, Jacqueline Mininberg took second place and Roy Krueger took third. Molly Healy, Andrea McGowan and Elizabeth Ashton served as mentors to these students.
For the fourth grade bee, Wade Eubanks of Redding won first place for the word “unoccupied.” Ryan Yang of Easton took second place and Sean Salafia of Easton took third. Lia Bauer, Ryan Lutinski , and Reed Wilkerson were the students mentors.
First-place winners received a $75 check as well as a certificate. Second place received $50 and a certificate and third place received a trophy. All participants received a Spelling Bee T-Shirt and Certificate of Participation.
Thanks to all the participants including spellers, mentors, parents and especially Bee,sponsors: Party Depot, Dermage Aesthetic Center & Spa, Darien DDS, Fairfield County Bank, Adam Broderick salon & Spa, Redding Nursery and Ridgefield Printing who helped make the Spelling Bee a great event again this year!