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RCSD Students Compete in 19th Ward Spelling Bee

By Staff


spbStudents from Rochester schools 10, 16, 19, 29, and 44 competed in the Fifth Annual 19th Ward Spelling Bee, Saturday, April 18 in the Hubbell Auditorium, Hutchison Hall, at the University of Rochester, officials stated.

The spelling bee was a partnership between the 19th Ward Community Association; Rochester Area Community Foundation; the University of Rochester; Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; the Rochester City School District; the Arnett Branch Library; and Friends of the Arnett Library.

The 2015 winners have been named as follows:

  • Third grade, Nicholas Adams, School 44
  • Fourth grade, Xavier Rizzo, School 10
  • Fifth grade, JustHana Yawn-Gordon, School 16
  • Sixth grade, Makayla McCorker, School 16
  • Seventh grade, Virgil Barnes, School 19
  • Eighth grade, Shawn Neal, School 16

The winner from each grade level has been awarded a trophy, and a $500 college scholarship, paid for through a Rochester Area Community Foundation scholarship fund.

Paul Burgett, special assistant to the president at the University of Rochester, was the event’s keynote speaker, and Dana Miller, Rochester City Councilman, and vice president for advancement at RACF, emceed the event.