Super Spellers at Park Avenue

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“Quintessential” was the word that made sixth-grader Shameer Rose the repeat champion in the annual spelling bee at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in the Amityville Union Free School District.

Shameer won for the second straight year and will advance to the Scripps Howard regional spelling bee at Hofstra University in February. The school spelling bee, under the direction of fourth-grade teacher Howard Reiner, began with classroom competitions. The top five students from each class then participated in school-wide semifinals, and 27 advanced to the finals. With words getting progressively harder, Shameer’s victory came in the sixth round.

The school also hosted a bilingual spelling bee that night, with six students competing in a Spanish spelling competition. Sixth-grader Josue Garcia won with the word “tarantula.” Both winners received trophies.