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Southern Middle School Students Advance to Regional Spelling Bee

Bea and Matt

Update February 25, 2019:
Bea Angela Ricafort, Matt O'Brien, Colin Brusse, and Colin Baust-Crain did very well at the Grand Championship Spelling Bee! Out of 36 spellers, Colin Baust-Crain was 12th place, Colin Brusse was 11th place, Matt O'Brien got 9th place, and Bea Ricafort got 6th place. If a students places in the top 10, they win numerous prizes as well as a medal. Both Bea and Matt got medals and a dozen prizes each. Please congratulate all the kids when you see them. They all did so well!


Don't forget to watch the WITF Central PA Spelling Bee when it airs on WITF TV on Sunday, February 24th at 6pm. You can also catch the program on Friday, March 1 at 11am and Sunday, March 3 at 9am.




Southern Middle School students recently participated in the written regional semifinal competition of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Harrisburg, PA. Four of our 8th grade students qualified for the oral regional WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee. This is quite an accomplishment considering they competed against more than 150 school champions from 10 surrounding counties!


Please congratulate Colin Baust-Crain, Colin Brusse, Bea Ricafort, and Matt O’Brien when you see them. They had to spell words such as ‘didgeridoo’ and ‘winklepicker’! They prepared by studying provided word lists and learning word origins.


Only 34 students are able to advance to the WITF Grand Championship which will take place on February 23, 2019 and will be televised on WITF-TV. We are Warrior Proud to have four SMS students in that group! “This is the third year in a row that we have had the largest number of students represented in the WITF Grand Championship Bee out of all the schools. I am very proud of these four students who continue to challenge themselves with difficult words,” said Southern Middle School teacher Kate Newland.