January 20, 2023
Mr. David Gallagher, English Teacher
Aiden Wong from our 8th grade has been crowned champion of the first annual 2023 San Francisco High School of the Arts Spelling Bee held last Friday in the school library.
Lurid (an adjective defined as very vivid in color, especially so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect) was the winning word that bolstered Aiden to victory in the tournament judged by Mr. Randazzo, Ms. Ogden, who also was our pronouncer, and Mr. Gallagher, who was also the recordkeeper. As our registered school champion, Aiden will now be invited to an online test to qualify for the San Ramon Valley Rotary Regional Spelling Bee. The online test will be available from February 10th to the 17th. It will be a 50 item test, with 25 spelling and 25 word meaning questions.
The top 35 scores will then be invited to compete at the regional spelling bee. The champion of the San Ramon Valley Rotary Regional Spelling Bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
All of our students in grades 5-8 participated in the bee and the competition was both riveting and fun. Coming in second place was Andy Ispas from 7th grade and our third place contestant was Lucas Luu from 5th grade. Congratulations Aiden and all of the students who participated and showed their passion for spelling.