Three local youth are headed to the Boston Finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest to be held at the Rabb Lecture Hall in the Copley Library on March 16th. Representing their schools, Jacob Stein (Eliot), Sarah Knotts (St. John) and Rohan Sheth (Learning Project) are all hopeful that this is just another stop before they get to the Nationals in Washington DC.
For the 5th year in a row, the Boston Centers for Youth and Families is playing host to the Boston regional finals and for that same five year stretch, the North End schools are going to be well represented. On 6 separate dates spread out over three weeks, the Nazzaro Center and co-sponsor Regional Review Newspaper staged local bees for children in grades 4 through 8 who attended either the Eliot, St. John or the Learning Project schools. The bees were staged by grade with the winners of each grade coming together one last time for the final spell-off on January 29.
Breezing through words like “insurrection”, “indefatigable” and “contemporaneous”, the seven finalists battled for about 45 minutes before the three winners were chosen. They will now have almost two months to study other words like “recidivist”, “Panglossian” and “pfeffernuss” before they head off to Copley Library.
Overall, about 30 boys and girls participated in the entire bee and enough can’t be said about their efforts. It’s not always easy standing up with all eyes on you and trying to formulate a foreign sounding word in one’s mind and then repeat it out loud.
Kudos to all the participants. And kudos to the two young gentlemen and young lady who will be representing our neighborhood in March.
The event is on Saturday, March 16th and is free for all. It is hoped that the North End will be well represented in the spectator gallery of the Rabb Lecture Hall to lend their moral support.
Article and photo by Carl Ameno.