Nervous, excited and hopeful, 62 third- to eighth-graders from seven area schools turned up January 15 at the Winyah Auditorium, where The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences was hosting the 2015 SCISA Regional Spelling Bee. Grade by grade, they took their places on the stage to spell words such as wanderlust, ampere, coloratura, vivisection and potash, while the audience of teachers, parents and friends held its breath awaiting the outcome of each spelldown.
Ryleigh Neubauer, seventh-grader, came in first place for her grade and will advance to the SCISA State Spelling Bee in February. She is continuing the tradition begun by her older sister Isabella, who made it to the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee four years in a row. Great job, Ryleigh! Congratulations to our other TGS participants who did a good job too: Tiyon, John Grey, Camille, Johnathan and Jesse.
Thanks to Dr. Gates for pronouncing, to all our volunteers, to people who contributed food for the bake sale and to the Winyah Auditorium for use of its space. Special thanks to Mrs. Crosby and Dr. Neubauer for organizing this annual event so successfully.