Friends and family packed into the school’s gymnasium Thursday night to watch their fourth-grader participate in the Spelling Bee.
After several rounds, Peyton Brill spelled all words correctly and took home first place. Emerson Rosenberg became the runner-up.
Both Brill and Rosenberg will advance to next month's regional competition.
Although the experience was slightly nerve-racking, Rosenberg said it was nonetheless fun.
“Because I get to spell and I get to see everyone supporting me,” she explained.
Thursday’s 30 spellers were selected for their participation in the Bee Club, which meets as a class twice a week.
Fourth-grade teacher Kristen Braymer said the young students took a spelling test at the beginning of the school year to determine how well they performed. The higher-achieving students joined the class that became the Bee Club.
The students raised money for the club by participating in the American Spell Check, where volunteers pledge to donate money for every word the kids spell correctly. After counting correct words, the club raised $1,107.
“That was really exciting,” Braymer said.
That money went toward materials for the spelling bee and special Bee Club shirts the students wore during the event.
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