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Fairgrieve Students Advance to Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee

Fairgrieve Elementary School’s top four spellers in grades four through six will advance to the 2016 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee, to be held January 16 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

Fairgrieve Elementary students, from left, Asa Finch, Caitlin Todt, and Dawson Krause display their awards following a recent school spelling bee. They and classmate Vera Butchko will advance to the 2016 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee in January.
Fairgrieve Elementary students, from left, Asa Finch, Caitlin Todt, and Dawson Krause display their awards following a recent school spelling bee. They and classmate Vera Butchko will advance to the 2016 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee in January.

Students Caitlin Todt, Asa Finch, Dawson Krause and Vera Butchko will join about 150 students from various school districts in taking a 50-word written spelling test.

The top 35 spellers will then move on to an oral spelling bee in February, and that winner will be granted a trip for two to Washington, D.C. in May to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

About 50 Fairgrieve students prepared for the spelling bee in early November by studying from a book containing words, tips and tricks for spelling bee success.

The number of participants was narrowed down following two written tests.

Pictured are the top three students who attended a celebration and awards ceremony given by Fairgrieve reading teacher Patti DeGelorm.