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On November 1st, 2014, Jillian Carona, Vinny Ferrizzi and Zoie Brooks went to the Regional Spelling Competition in Manchester. Newbrook sixth grader Tiffany Cullum helped fill in as the required fourth member. With encouragement from the eighth graders and her cousin, team alumna Onaia Archer, she went ahead and took the challenge!
The team competed against Fair Haven, Manchester and Twin Valley. The competition was twelve rounds. At the end of the 6th round, we got out of last place. At the end of the 8th round, we had made it to 3rd place. The 12th round was exciting because, after spelling his last regular word correctly, Vinny got a bonus word and also spelled it correctly! This dramatic move bumped us up to second place. The final scores were Manchester 120, Leland and Gray 90, Fair Haven 88 and Twin Valley 86.
Mrs. VanPamelen, Newbrook teacher and long-time bee coach, says, “I was very proud of the students. I am hoping that next year we are able to get five students to really commit.” She also spoke about making the Spelling Bee Team an extracurricular at Leland and Gray next year. “Ms. V.P,” as she is fondly known, loves working with the students and appreciated Onaia’s support of the team.
Please see Ms. VanPamelen or Ms. Birgé if you are interested in helping Leland and Gray dominate next year’s Spelling Bee!
Presented at Leland & Gray High School as the culminating work to the school's 'Journey East' trip to China and Inner Mongolia, this highly anticipated performance presents a variety of traditional music from the region.