The Saint Vitus School Annual Spelling Bee by Amanda Mazur, 8th grade student
During Catholic Schools Week, St. Vitus School had their annual Spelling Bee on February 2, 2017, 18 students from grades four through eight were chosen to participate in the Bee. Two weeks in advance, they were all given a list of 300 words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee List. The last fourth, fifth, or sixth grader in the bee would go on to the Diocesan Spelling Bee held in Pittsburgh to compete and represent our school.
The morning of the Spelling Bee, St. Vitus School held a breakfast for the families of St. Vitus. They served egg casserole, sausage, and French toast sticks, along with the choice of orange juice, milk, or water as a drink. After the breakfast three Forensic students presented a poem and a dynamic duo to the school.
Soon the Spelling Bee began, and the students went up on the stage to start. It was an exciting and nerve-racking event to not only watch but be in. Round after round went on and more people were getting out on the hard words they all had to study. “During each round it got harder. but also a little less nerve-racking since we were spelling in front of our school family that we’re so close with. I’m definitely glad I participated in the Bee and took part in our Catholic Schools Week activities.” said Amanda Mazur, a contestant in the Bee.
After what seemed like a very long time, only three people were left; there was a seventh grader, Gavin Zheng, and two eighth graders, Mason Finamore and Amanda Mazur. They went to each round spelling more words, some of which people didn’t even know existed. The students were glad they studied. In the end Mason won third, Amanda won second, and Gavin won first. Mia Pisano, a sixth grader at St. Vitus, will be going to the Diocesan Spelling Bee. Each contestant received a participation certificate, and the three winners got a finalist certificate and a money award from Principal Cathy Ryan. Mrs. Ryan supports the students in all their academic achievements.