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Every fall at Success Academy, our school communities become extremely excited for several not-to-be-missed events. One, of course, is the annual Halloween Parade. Another is far less commonly found in schools these days: a good old-fashioned Spelling Bee. We love our Bees because they foster determination and confidence in scholars — plus they’re fun!
Most importantly, Spelling Bees represent an important aspect of the Success Academy approach to teaching writing. SA scholars understand that powerful writing begins with a strong and precise idea, expressed with clarity, purpose, and structure. But even the strongest ideas will be lost to a reader if the spelling and grammar are incorrect. Throughout the year, scholars complete nightly spelling practice; the Spelling Bees are a celebration of their hard work. This year, nearly 100 scholars advanced to the final round of the Spelling Bees.
The following scholars persevered through their school-level Bees to represent their classes — and win — at the Network-wide grade-level Bee. Congratulations!
Josiah Benjamin of SA Cobble Hill earned first place by correctly spelling the word “tolerable.” Lucas Moina of SA Washington Heights took second, and Imisioluwa Akindele-George of SA Flatbush finished third.
Hytham Syam of SA Bensonhurst took top prize by correctly spelling the word “valorous.” Dashawn Martin Jr., of SA Bergen Beach earned second, and Jasmine Gonzalez of SA Harlem 4 placed third.
Tyler McGowan of SA Harlem North Central MS placed first by correctly spelling the word “exemplary.” Mary Asantewaa of SA Ditmas Park MS placed second (pictured left), and Mamadou Kane of SA Bronx 1 earned third.
Treasure Tingah of SA Bronx 2 Middle School won the Bee by correctly spelling the word “ravenous.” Siderio Leacraft of SA Harlem West placed second, and Jake Steck of SA Midtown West placed third.