Bailey & Carrigan students compete in district spelling bee
Bailey & Carrigan students compete in district spelling bee
Posted on 01/21/2016
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This week's district-wide spelling bee for winners from Bailey Middle School and Carrigan Intermediate School was the longest we've had in years. The competition lasted 24 rounds with 91 words, including "hodgepodge," "arboreal," "braille," "epoxy," "patrician," "esplanade," and "commodious."

The district winner, Arin Bhandari, a fifth-grader at Carrigan, will now move up to the regional bee at Quinnipiac University next month. Our runner-up was Ayannah Obas, also a Carrigan fifth-grader.

Our other competitors were Coogan Cardella and Gianna Ruiz, grade 6, Carrigan, and Dev Patel and A'nh Ngyen, grade 7, and Mia Silva and Maura Dowd, grade 8, Bailey.

Thank you to the PTA Council for donating Barnes and Noble gift cards as prizes, to Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro for officiating, and to our judges, Assistant Superintendent Anne Druzolowski, Carrigan Assistant Principal Rich Weber, and Bailey teacher Sean Griffin. We were also glad to have several families, Board of Education Chairman James Morrissey, BOE Vice Chairman Robert Guthrie and City Clerk Deborah Collins in the audience cheering on our contestants.

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