Each year, the top spellers in sixth through eighth grade are selected to participate in the junior high spelling bee. At this year’s spelling bee, held Jan. 18, 21 students competed to win a place in the Miami Herald Broward County Spelling Bee in March.
In order to qualify for the school spelling bee, students in junior high took a written 25-word spelling test in their literature class back in November. In order to prepare for the written test, the students were given a list of possible words to study. All students in the same grade were given the same 25 words on the test. The students with the top scores move on to the school spelling bee. According to English co-department chair Mrs. Carol Cabrera, the students who qualified spelled between 21 and 25 words correctly.
After the written test, the qualified students had two months to prepare for the spelling bee. They were given an expanded list of words and a website with more possible words to study.
On the day of the spelling bee, Lower School principal Mrs. Lauren Johnston was in charge of the judging. Eighth grader Alex Solomon won the school’s spelling bee and will compete in the county spelling bee. If he wins, he will move onto the national spelling bee in Washington D.C..