Region’s top spellers competed in Lyndonville

Provided photos: Fourth grade winners from Saturday’s spelling bee include, from left: Preston Pickard of William Kaegebein Elementary (Grand Island), third place; Jacob Moore of Fletcher Elementary (Tonawanda), second place; and Colton Smith of Lyndonville Elementary, first place.

Staff Reports Posted 21 May 2018 at 1:51 pm

Colton Smith of Lyndonville wins 1st for 4th graders

LYNDONVILLE – The 2018 Niagara Region PTA Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders was hosted at Lyndonville Central School on Saturday with 13 schools sending their top spellers in fourth and fifth grades.

Lyndonville will be the host in 2019. The previous two years it was at Huth Road Elementary in Grand Island.

The event took place at 10 a.m. for 4th graders and 12:45 p.m. for 5th graders. Rounds of spellers worked through novice, master and challenge words.

Dr. Elissa G. Smith, PreK through 6 principal at Lyndonville, welcomes the region’s top spellers to a competition on Saturday at Lyndonville.

There were spellers from 13 schools, including Albion, Medina and Lyndonville in Orleans County. Each school was able to send their top 3 spellers from their individual school bees to the regional bee. The participants included 39 fourth-graders and 30 fifth-graders.

Examples of words spelled: grieved, opaque, handkerchief, kinetic, lieutenant, maneuver, extraterrestrial, subterranean, explanatory.

The Bee was filmed by LCTV (Lockport Local Station), and it can be viewed online at

First through third place winners received a trophy and cash prizes ($75 for 1st, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd).

5th grade winners include, from left: Giana Caruana, Huth Road Elementary (Grand Island), first; Madison Harris, Starpoint Elementary, second; and Brandon Aldridge, Newfane Elementary, third.

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