The origins of the spelling bee date back to the 1800s, and two centuries later that tradition is alive and well at Seaford Harbor and Seaford Manor elementary schools.
Fourth and fifth graders at Harbor took part in classroom spelling bees, with the winner from each class advancing to a schoolwide match. Eight students competed in a socially distant spelling bee on Feb. 5 in the gymnasium, which was decorated with balloons. All Harbor students were able to watch via a Zoom videoconference.
Fourth grader Ryleigh Semple-Germano emerged as the winner after correctly spelling “goofy.” She received a champion certificate and medal. The other participants in the finale were fourth graders Lily Boyon, Dylan Herbert and James Rotolo, and fifth graders Amanda Bennici, Derek Burke, Brock Conway and Brandon Siegel.
Seaford Manor’s classroom spelling bees were held in December, with 132 students from both in-person and remote classes participating. The eight winners then squared off in a virtual spelling bee on Jan. 19. After eight rounds, Valentina Orleman won with “remember.”
Other classroom winners participating in the final round were fourth graders Brennan Ferraro, Liam Fox, James Frank and Samantha Richardson, and fifth graders Madelyn Burgess, Roran Cassidy and Nicole Krupka.
Harbor’s spelling bee was coordinated by Renee Hauser and Manor’s competition was spearheaded by Danielle Siebner and Haley Timko.