Kids will soon begin preparing for second annual Colonial Spelling Bee


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The 2018 Colonial Spelling Bee.

COLONIAL — Colonial School’s second annual spelling bee is coming soon. The spelling bee offers challenges and competition to students from second to fifth grade.

Last year, the spelling bee was a big hit. Nearly thirty students competed. The bee is separated into two sections: The second and third grade division and the fourth and fifth grade division.

Two teachers, Angela Monteleone and Alaura Stivala, run a club that meets once a week to play word games and prepare the contestants for the event. On the first day, students will be given a list of the words that will be used in the spelling bee.

“I did the spelling bee last year and loved it,” said Aileen Henry. “I’m doing it again this year. The teachers were really really nice.”

The event will take place in early May. All of the schools in the Pelham School District will have a kind of qualifier. The top three winners go to the district-level bee on May 17, where Hutchinson, Siwanoy, Prospect Hill, Colonial and Pelham Middle School compete for first, second and third place trophies.

Last year, two Colonial students got second and third place in the district bee, just barely getting defeated by middle schooler Milan Otundi.

Many students can’t wait for the sight of the packed Colonial gym on the day of the spelling bee.

Editor’s note: Staff reporter Evan Kaplan won the Colonial bee in 2018 in the fourth-fifth grade division.