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Champion Speller
Moira Burgy

In November of 2021, all 3rd- through 8th-grade students received Scripps Spelling Bee study lists to begin the preparation for the class spelling bee. Students were given a written spelling test consisting of 25 words and three bonus words. In order to qualify for the school spelling bee, students had to earn one of the top five scores in their grade level. The competition was fierce for a spot to compete in the schoolwide bee! 

Once the top 30 (below) was finalized, the spellers returned to the study lists to prepare for the oral schoolwide bee on January 21, 2022.

3rd Grade: Julia M., Mateo S., Joshua N., Anna T., Ari C.

4th Grade: Sebastian B., Patricio M., Maxwell W., Stella A., Ian B.

5th Grade: James M., Marcus S., Aydin M., Azaire M., Zara E.

6th Grade: Olivia A., Lucas X., Ved K., Emmanuel N., Jaxson S.

7th Grade: Jett M., Chloe L., Theron S., Alex X., Sophia H.

8th Grade: Georgia P., Christopher H., Gemma H., Caroline B., Henry C.

On the big day, spellers filed into the multi-purpose room in anticipation of the tough competition that lay ahead of them. All the spellers came prepared and all stayed in the hunt for the championship bobblehead trophy for multiple rounds. In fact, most spellers remained until the “off-list” words began. The battle between our top two finishers went on so long that we surpassed carpool! After the final round, our runner-up, 8th-grade student Caroline B., gave the AOS champion, James M., a congratulatory and heartfelt hug! James even started his acceptance speech by thanking Caroline! We not only have great spellers but also great sportsmanship at AOS. 

James will represent AOS in the Scripps Qualifier Round for a chance to compete at the Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. Congratulations and good luck, James!

Please join me in thanking our judges Kelly DuBois, Matthew Panozzo, Adam Georgandis; our record keeper Jamie Jackson; our pronouncer Jim Phillips; Amanda Jocz, Sharon Alexander, Crystal Frommert, Brandon Shaffer, Calvin Reedy, Penny Angelo, Isabelle Dom, and Jennifer Hockless. In addition, I would like to thank all the classroom teachers and administrators for their support and guidance throughout the process. 

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