Homer 33C Junior High 8th grader headed to Will County Spelling Bee

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 2, 2017

 

Homer Junior High 8th grader headed to Will County Spelling Bee

Spells “quarantine” correctly to win school Bee

It took nearly 2 hours and 23 rounds of words to determine the winner of Homer Junior High School’s Spelling Bee on Feb. 2.

 

The student, an eighth-grader who spelled the word “quarantine” correctly to win the school match, is now headed to the Will County Spelling Bee on March 7.

 

“Each year, it seems like the bee becomes more and more competitive,” said Assistant Principal Greg Zurales, who pronounced the words for each contestant. “I am just so impressed with how the students perform under such immense pressure.

 

“To make it to the finals of the school bee is quite a feat,” he continued. “To go 23 rounds with exceedingly challenging words each and every round is beyond remarkable. I am proud of all of our participants.”

 

The Bee started at 8 a.m. in the school library with 36 contestants who had advanced to the school level by winning their classroom Bees in reading class.

 

By 9:30 a.m., the competition was down to two final contestants. They went back and forth for 13 rounds.

 

The winner is no stranger to Spelling Bees. His sister won the Homer Junior High School Spelling Bee last year as well as the Will County Spelling Bee. She tied for 22nd place overall in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

 

This year’s Will County Spelling Bee will be held March 7 at Lockport Township High School.

 

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will begin May 28.

 

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