Students at Fairgrieve Elementary School recently competed in a spelling bee, with three students outlasting their competition to advance to the next round.
Students Asa Finch, Lauren Goss and Anthony Lucas rounded out the top three spellers, with Lucas coming in first place by successfully spelling the word “calypso.”
The contest was coordinated by second grade teacher Patti DeGelorm and was used to determine who will represent the district as they advance to next level of the spelling bee.
To prepare, the three students studied word lists and spelling tips for quite some time, said DeGelorm.
“I am extremely proud of these exceptional young people. It really is a wonderful learning experience for them,” DeGelorm said.
The top three participants will now go to Onondaga Community College on Jan. 24 to compete with nearly 200 other local finalists.
Of those spellers, 35 will advance to participate in an oral spelling bee.
The winner of the oral spelling bee will receive a trip for two to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
“My advice for the three of them would be to keep reading and studying as much as possible and pay attention to the language of origin. And the most important thing is to believe in yourself,” DeGelorm said.