Leighton Students Fly to OCSD Spring Spelling Bee

Leighton Elementary School’s top three spellers are headed to the Oswego City School District-wide selling bee in March.

OSWEGO – After an astounding 22 rounds, Leighton Elementary crowned fifth grader Dania Algebory as the winner of the school’s annual spelling bee.

Leighton Elementary School’s top three spellers are headed to the Oswego City School District-wide selling bee in March.

The word “palladium” propelled Algebory to first-place, following a top-three finish in last year’s school spelling bee.

She has advanced to the Oswego City School District spelling bee in March, where she will represent Leighton Elementary alongside second-place winner and sixth grader Xavier Vasquez and sixth grader Joseph Wall, who received a third-place finish.

For their efforts, Algebory, Vasquez and Wall received $20, $15 and $10 gift cards to the river’s end bookstore, respectively.

The school’s spelling bee wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance from several staff members who served as judges, set-up and emcees.

A total of 21 students in grades three to six signed up for the event after they were given a pre-test in their classrooms last month.