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Principal Dan Schuh and Vice Principal Jill  Burke are happy for Max Belford, the school spelling bee winner, and Jimmy Sanchez, the runner-up.

Principal Dan Schuh and Vice Principal Jill Burke are happy for Max Belford, the school spelling bee winner, and Jimmy Sanchez, the runner-up.

Jenna Viana

Jenna Viana

Principal Dan Schuh and Vice Principal Jill Burke are happy for Max Belford, the school spelling bee winner, and Jimmy Sanchez, the runner-up.

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Max Belford in Mrs. Jenae Smith’s eighth grade class won the ninth annual Saint John middle school spelling bee.

Every year during Catholic Schools Week the middle school holds a spelling bee to decide which student will represent the school at the San Diego County Spelling Bee in March. The students had in-class spelling bees to decide who would be in the school bee. There were 16 seventh grade and 16 eighth grade contestants. This year’s school spelling bee had 13 rounds.

Mrs. Smith, one of the judges, said, “This has had the most rounds since I have been judging the spelling bee.”

Eighth grader Jimmy Sanchez came in second place and will attend the county spelling bee as an alternate if Max cannot attend. Max and Jimmy went back and forth misspelling words, but the rule states that you have to spell two words correctly before you can win.

“The hardest word I had to spell was ‘chancellor,’” said Max.
The winning word was “chancellor,” but he had to spell “vestigial” beforehand.
Max said, “I thought I would have a chance at winning the spelling bee.”

If Max wins the county spelling bee, he will go directly to the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. If Max wins the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee, he would get $30,000, a spelling bee trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, and a reference book library.

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One Response to “Middle School Spelling Bee Buzzes”

  1. RMT on February 16th, 2014 8:24 pm

    Congrats to Jimmy for this spelling bee accomplishment. Your Godparents are so proud of you, and we know you will keep up the good work!

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