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Lanigan Students Advance to Post-Standard / WCNY Spelling Bee

FULTON – W-I-N-N-E-R-S! Lanigan Elementary students Mary Jane Mullaney, Alicia Halsdorf, Rimma Mankiewicz and Harper McClave received top honors during the school’s fourth annual spelling bee held December 9.

Lanigan sixth grader Mary Jane Mullaney, left, sixth grader Alicia Halsdorf, center and fifth grader Rimma Mankiewicz celebrate after they received first, second and third place finishes in the school’s fourth annual spelling bee. They and fifth grader Harper McClave will attend The Post-Standard / WCNY Spelling Bee, on January 16.
Lanigan sixth grader Mary Jane Mullaney, left, sixth grader Alicia Halsdorf, center and fifth grader Rimma Mankiewicz celebrate after they received first, second and third place finishes in the school’s fourth annual spelling bee. They and fifth grader Harper McClave will attend The Post-Standard / WCNY Spelling Bee, on January 16.

All four students will now advance to The Post-Standard / WCNY Spelling Bee, on January 16 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

After 15 rounds of the Lanigan spelling bee finals, sixth grader Mullaney received first place as she correctly spelled “spectacles.”

Library media specialist Jessica Somers organized the event and AIS reading teacher Heather Berthoff served as pronouncer.

Teaching assistant Joyce Garrett also assisted during the Lanigan finals.

Mary Jane Mullaney, left, surprises herself after she realized she won Lanigan Elementary’s spelling bee. To her left is fellow contestant Alicia Halsdorf.
Mary Jane Mullaney, left, surprises herself after she realized she won Lanigan Elementary’s spelling bee. To her left is fellow contestant Alicia Halsdorf.