Student Showcases Spelling Skills

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Rebecca Fox, a sixth-grader at Robert Frost Middle School, worked her way to the top when she participated in her school’s annual spelling bee. The eight contestants in the schoolwide bee were those who received a score of 100 on the written spelling test, which was administered by the middle school’s English department to every classroom.

Rebecca’s win placed her in the Long Island regional competition, held at Hofstra University as part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. Students in grades 4-8 from 103 schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties attended the event, which was led by Hofstra University’s Dr. Carole Clark Papper. Dr. Papper, a noted professor of writing studies and composition, served as head judge and moderator. Rebecca was a strong competitor and had an impressive finish, taking the 18th spot.

At right, sixth-grade student Rebecca Fox is congratulated by curriculum associate Lynn Winters and Principal Eliana Levey.