Park Avenue Students Spell it Out

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Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School hosted its annual spelling bee on Nov. 15 and for the first time a fourth-grade student was the winner. 

Ayaanah Ellis will represent the district at the regional competition of the Scripps National Spelling in March at Hofstra University. She emerged as Park Avenue’s top speller after getting the word “aerodynamic” correct. 

More than 100 students took part in the preliminary round of the spelling bee, which was narrowed down to 20 finalists who took the stage for the evening competition. After it was down to the top three, those students continued to spell their words correctly for multiple rounds before a winner emerged. Fifth-grade teacher Howard Reiner, who coordinated the event, said some of the more complicated words that students got right included anonymity, carcinogen, circumstantial, collegiate and dodecahedron.

Sixth-grader Ramon Yanes won the Spanish spelling bee among 10 participants. He correctly spelled “refresco” which means “soft drink.” Both winners received medals and trophies.