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Middle-schoolers shine at 2019 Spelling Bee

Southwestern Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 10, 2019 in the newly remodeled high school auditorium. All three grade levels competed to become the “bee” champion. 

This year's Spelling Bee proved to be a real edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting competition. All of these students did a remarkable job with a few dozen students selected by the English Department battling for the title of “bee champion” under the direction of Miss Diane LaGrega, chairperson and organizer of the event. 

After welcoming the audience,  LaGrega turned to speak directly to the students seated onstage, some nervously awaiting their turn at the microphone.

“Take a deep breath,” LaGrega advised them. “And let it out. Let the bee begin!”

Congratulations to the grade-level winners:

8th-grader Muazam Chaudhry; 7th-grader Ebaad Meer; and 6th-grader Nolan Lefler.

The Spelling Champion was 8th-grader Muazam Chaundhry and the runner-up was 6th-grader Nolan Lefler. Muazam is the son of Jamestown residents Monir and Zahida Chaundhry.

The judges were middle school teachers Kim Pannes, Martha Johnson and Amy Pearson. The pronouncer (who read the words and gave definitions by request) was Tim Becker and the technical score keeper was Shane Kellogg of SWMS. At stake were bragging rights, gift certificates donated by local bookstore Off the Beaten Path as well as a Webster’s collegiate dictionary.

All winners will receive a gift card from Off the Beaten Path, a local bookstore.

Southwestern has held this competition for over a decade, and will continue with this tradition for years to come.


2019 Spelling Bee champs with Miss Diane LaGrega

Eighth-grader Muazam Chaudhry, seventh-grader Ebaad Meer
and sixth-grader 
Nolan Lefler with  Miss Diane LaGrega. 


Quiz Master Tim Becker speaks to the 2019 Spelling Bee competitors.


And then there were four.


Check out a photo gallery on the Southwestern district's Facebook page here!