A-buzz With Spelling Talent

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Congratulations to students Saraiya Ferguson and Marcella Krotschinsky, who were first- and second-place winners, respectively, in the annual Frank P. Long Intermediate School fourth grade spelling bee. After 11 rounds, the winning spelling word was “persuasive.”

Prior to the competition, contests were held in each class and the school’s more than 50 top spellers then took to the stage to battle it out for the spelling title on June 10. Teachers Keri Gimpel, Jeni-marie McCarthy and Michael McGovern were the judges, while Sandra Winslow served as moderator and Kristin Christie as stage coordinator. The students carefully spelled each word presented, with the words becoming more difficult as the spelling bee progressed.