WES crowns 2017 spelling bee champ
January 13, 2016
Fifth-grader Jovanni George knows how tough the competition can be in the annual Watervliet Elementary School Spelling Bee. As a fourth-grade student last year, he battled through about 20 rounds before earning a second place finish.
To win the competition this year, now fifth-grader Jovanni was tasked with spelling “peculiar” as his final word. Perhaps he should have spelled the word “persevere” instead because that is exactly what he did to win the 2017 title after a hard-fought 23 rounds!
Jovanni, who is a student in Jennifer Swyer’s class, competed on Friday, January 13 with 11 other students from grades 4-6, including this year’s runner up Shannon Skawinski. The sixth-grader proved to be tough competition through 22 rounds before Jovanni correctly spelled “peculiar,” an adjective that means strange or odd, unusual.
With that, he will go on to represent Watervliet at the Capital Region Spelling Bee in March at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.
Overall, 12 students advanced to the school-wide spelling bee, after being successful in individual classroom spelling competitions held earlier. The spellers included:
Zack Nixon, grade 4
James Tice, grade 4.
Trevor Holloway, grade 4
Evelyn Delap, grade 4
Cassie Zawistowski, grade 5
Kumail Haider, grade 5
Jovanni George, grade 5
Neveah Blandin, grade 5
Sierra Plunkett, grade 6
Xavier Lewis, grade 6
Shannon Skawinski, grade 6
Jordan Harvey, grade 6
Congratulations to all who competed!