Chestnut Hill students move on in spelling bee

Chestnut Hill Middle seventh- and eighth-graders recently put their spelling skills to the test during the first-ever CHM Spelling Bee held Dec. 14.

In all, 20 seventh- and eighth-graders participated in one of two oral bees after scoring in the top 10 during the school's written bee on Dec. 7. The students were asked to spell words such as sculpture, pilgrimage and oncologist.

Seventh-grader Sam Patel and eighth-grader Brandon Zampi won their respective grade-level bees, while seventh-grader Hannah Northrop and eighth-grader Jewell Reed were the runners up. In late January, all four students will take a written exam with students from across Central New York in the hopes of qualifying for the Post- Standard/WCNY oral spelling bee on Feb.6.

CHM science teacher Alan Robbins was the guest "pronouncer" for the seventh grade bee, while Liverpool Central School District Board of Education member Michael Murphy was the guest "pronouncer" for the eighth-grade bee. CHM teachers also served as judges. Family and consumer science teacher Christine Bunn and Robbins organized the spelling bees at CHM.

Pictured, Chestnut Hill Middle seventh-graders Sam Patel, left, and Hannah Northrop were among 10 seventh graders who recently competed in the school's first-ever spelling bee. Patel was the winner of the seventh-grade bee, and Northrop was the runner up.

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