Community K-12 Spelling Bee

Spelling Showdown

Last year's winner Ryan Himmelsbach with Professors Lisa Dresner, Ethna Lay and Professors Jeffrey Morosoff, and Yvonne Teems. Ryan is competing again this year.

Forty-one Nassau and Suffolk students qualified for the February 11 spelldown at Hofstra University’s Helene Fortunoff Theater after taking yesterday’s written exam portion of the 2018 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 27-June 1.

The 129 students who took the February 4 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 the competition 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, which begins at 10 a.m. is open only to invited guests. The finalists are:

School Name School Town Student Name Student Hometown
Academy Street Elementary School Bayport George Rogers Bayport
Accompsett Middle School Smithtown Stephen Jung Smithtown
Babylon Junior-Senior High School Babylon Matthew Nyman Babylon
Baldwin Middle School Baldwin Ashton Hummler Baldwin
Carle Place Middle Senior High School Carle Place Alyson Yuen Carle Place
Clarke Middle School Westbury Nawaal Hassan East Meadow
East Broadway School Seaford Melody Hong Wantagh
East Islip Middle School Islip Terrace Robert Hilbert East Islip
East Northport Middle School East Northport Luke Frisoli East Northport
Great Hollow Middle School Nesconset Brian Agnes Smithtown
Great Neck North Middle School Great Neck David Zeng Great Neck
HB Thompson Middle School Syosset Joshua Burrows Syosset
Hebrew Academy Of Nassau County Middle Uniondale Ruthie Greenstein West Hempstead
Henry L Stimson Middle School Huntington Station Natalia Lutz Huntington Station
Herricks Middle School Albertson Jarod Chan New Hyde Park
Hewlett Elementary School Hewlett Camilla Angeles Hewlett
Hicksville Middle School Hicksville Sara Ashraf Hicksville
Howard T Herber Middle School Malverne Makayla Caesar West Hempstead
Ivy League School Smithtown Zainab Waheed Coram
James Wilson Young Middle School Bayport Annelise Schreiber Bayport
Jericho Middle School Jericho Darshini Podder Jericho
Kellenberg Memorial High School Uniondale Ryan Gerhart Lido Beach
Landing School Glen Cove Phoebe Pinder Glen Cove
Lloyd Harbor School Huntington Station Ava Donohue Cold Spring Harbor
Long Island School For The Gifted Huntington Station Maverick Williams Great Neck
Merrick Avenue Middle School Merrick Zachary Arzt Merrick
Mount Sinai Middle School Mount Sinai Zekey Huang Mount Sinai
Northside School Levittown Charith Maddipatla Levittown
Oceanside Middle School Oceanside Rebekah Anderson Oceanside
Old Mill Road School Merrick Fiona Wong North Merrick
Paul J Gelinas Junior High School East Setauket Ryan Himmelsbach Setauket
Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School Plainview Ava John Plainview
Port Jefferson Elementary School Port Jefferson Isabelle Chen Port Jefferson
RC Murphy JHS Stony Brook Alana John Centereach
Setauket Elementary School East Setauket Ava Himmelsbach Setauket
The Greenvale School Glen Head Conor O’Keefe Lloyd Harbor
Wantagh Middle School Wantagh Paige Treiland Wantagh
Willets Road School Roslyn Heights Nikolai Sotelo Mineola
Wisdom Lane Middle School Levittown Alex Gao Levittown
Woodland Middle School East Meadow Stephanie Giles East Meadow
Woodmere Middle School Hewlett Tamara Sekhniashvili Woodmere


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