Rhode Island Students Gear Up for State Spelling Bee

Mar 8, 2013

Twenty-nine Rhode Island students will compete for the State Spelling Bee title tomorrow at 10 AM in the Cumberland High School auditorium. The winner of tomorrow’s public competition, sponsored by The Valley Breeze newspaper, will be sent, with a parent, to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a week in May.

Each of the contestants, ranging from the 4th to the 8th grade, is a winner from their own town or district. Spelling Bee Program coordinator Lisa Beaulieu says Block Island 4th Grader Brianna DelPadre will make a last minute voyage in the morning to reach the Spelling Bee.

“Because of the weather, there’s very limited transportation, the ferry starts tomorrow, so I know she’ll be coming with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Typically, as it gets to the final round, there’s a lot of excitement, there’s a lot of tension in the air, and you could drop a pin, it’s so quiet when you’re listening to the students spell.”

Past words from the competition have included stumpers like cincture, fealty, urbiculture, neptunium, solder, and “fridgerific.”

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