Community K-12 Spelling Bee


Long Island Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 in Hempstead, N.Y. Photographer: Kathy Kmonicek

Forty-eight Nassau and Suffolk students qualified for the February 12 spelldown at Hofstra University’s Helene Fortunoff Theater after taking yesterday’s written exam portion of the 2017 Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. The winner of next Sunday’s spelldown will represent Long Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, May 28-June 3.

The 133 4th-8th graders who took the February 5 exam were students who won their local school bees. The students moving onto to the spelldown scored in the approximate top third of the test takers. The spelldown is a staged match where students are given words to spell aloud by a panel of judges. Contestants are eliminated when they misspell a word, and the competition continues until one speller remains on the stage.

Next week’s spelldown is open only to invited guests. The finalists are:

Abbey Lane School Alex Gao
Babylon Junior-Senior High School Meghan Flaugher
Baldwin Middle School Ashton Hummler
The Brandeis School Lior Edrich
Carle Place Middle Senior High School Kayla Lloyd
Clarke Middle School Nicholas Espinosa
Dayton Avenue School Kimberly Cotrel
East Broadway School Melody Hong
East Lake Elementary School Robert Levy
Eastplain School Alexandra Schnepf
Forest Road School Ethan Fazal
Grand Avenue Middle School Breana Raehse
Great Neck North Middle School David Zeng
The Greenvale School Marcus Meshechok
HANC – WEST HEMPSTEAD Ruthie Greenstein
Hebrew Academy Of Nassau County Middle Rena Max
Hicksville Middle School Navpreet Singh
James Wilson Young Middle School Maitreyi Sinha
John H West School Matthew Geoghegan
Jonas E Salk Middle School Ariana Zanelli
Kellenberg Memorial High School Veronica Tadross
Lawrence Road Middle School Valencia Hopkins
Lenox Elementary School Shriya Prashad
Locust Valley Middle School Benjamin Little
Long Island School For The Gifted Maverick Williams
Marion G Vedder Elementary School Rayan Afzal
McVey Elementary School Zyad Mohamed
Mount Sinai Middle School Zekey Huang
Northside School James Ganga
Oceanside Middle School Josephine O’Brien
Oceanside Janine Chi
Old Mill Road School Shardul Singh
Park Avenue School Shameer Rose
Paul J Gelinas Junior High School Ryan Himmelsbach
R.J.O. Intermediate School Sierra Healy
RC Murphy JHS Elizabeth Star
Robert M. Finley Middle School Samantha Seery
Selden Middle School Mehreen Chowdhury
Silverstein Hebrew Academy Shapirta Feuerman
South Woods Middle School Tristan Tong
Springs School Kevin Chabla
St. Pius V School Emma Pirozzi
Wantagh Middle School Paige Treiland
West Side School Jonathan Brown
Willets Road School Krittika Prajapati
Wisdom Lane Middle School Sarah Masroor
Woodland Middle School Sarah Chacko
Woodmere Middle School Lauren Ding



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