Sunapee school news: Spelling and Geography Bee winners

Abby Hanson wins SCES Spelling Bee

On January 31, Sunapee Central Elementary School 4th and 5th graders participated in a Spelling Bee sponsored by the Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO funded the school’s registration with the Scripps National Spelling Bee program and Joanne Skarin, Reading Specialist at the school, coordinated the school Bee. After over 20 rounds, Abby Hanson won by correctly spelling ‘morsel’ and ‘orphan.’ Abby and runner-up Carissa Pierce went head-to-head for several rounds before the winner was determined. Abby will now move on to the State Spelling Bee on March 2 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H.

Will Palin wins Middle School Spelling Bee

Also, participating in the State Spelling Bee in March will be Will Palin, champion of the Middle School Spelling Bee.

Connor Fleury wins Sunapee Middle School’s Geographic Bee

Connor Fleury, an eighth grade student at Sunapee Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 8 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

The kickoff for this year’s Bee was in November, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Connor, will now take a written test and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee, April 5, 2013.

Other school finalists include: Runner-up Ben van Paassen, third place Ryan Fleury, Catherine Clayton, Beth Coverdale, Katie Frederick, Isaiah Gorman, Daniel Santti, Ian Simmons, and Cade Robinson.

Sunapee students take part in Winter Wild Race

25 students from Sunapee School District competed in the Winter Wild race at Ragged Mountain on February 2. The next race will be held at Whaleback Mountain on February 9.

Winter Wild up hill races are held at local ski areas before the mountain opens to the public for skiing and riding.  In an effort to get kids moving, Winter Wild challenged area PTO groups to get students involved with the races:  Students receive free entry to the race and the winning district receives $5000 for their PTO.

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