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OMS Students Claim Spots In Spelling Bee Final

OSWEGO – Four Oswego Middle School students have secured their spots in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final as two familiar faces return to vie for a spot in the world’s premiere spelling competition.

Mary Kate Cloonan, Iris McDonnell, Anna Cloonan and Katrina Wallace claimed their spot in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final. Pictured, the four students receive their spelling bee certificates from OMS teacher and bee coordinator Rory Malone.
Mary Kate Cloonan, Iris McDonnell, Anna Cloonan and Katrina Wallace claimed their spot in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Final. Pictured, the four students receive their spelling bee certificates from OMS teacher and bee coordinator Rory Malone.

Iris McDonnell correctly spelled the word “ameliorate,” a verb defined as “to make something bad or unsatisfactory better” to win first place at the OMS Spelling Bee and punch her ticket to the final.

McDonnell will be joined in the Regional Final by fellow OMS students Katrina Wallace and Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan.

The March 17 event will feature the best spellers from around the Oswego City School District, held at Oswego High School in the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.

It will be a reappearance for Anna and Mary Kate Cloonan, who placed second and third in the Regional Final last year.

The overall winner will earn a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. to compete against the top spellers from around the nation.