FH FIFTH GRADER IN SPELLDOWN AT M.U.

photo_1Press release from Fair Haven School District

For the first time, a spelling bee was held at Knollwood School in Fair Haven to select a candidate for the “Spelldown” held each year at Monmouth University. The winner of the inaugural spelling bee was fifth-grader Jack Costello, who made school history by being the first Knollwood student chosen to attend the Spelldown.

After attaining victory in the Knollwood School spelling bee, Jack participated in the 30th annual Spelldown competition for 97 students aged eight through fourteen from Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties. The winner of the competition, held over a three-day period in March at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, will represent the region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C. in May.

The competition at Knollwood School began in February for all interested students in grades four through eight. Grade-level spelling bees were held during lunch and recess periods, culminating in a winner for each grade. The grade-level winners then squared off and Jack prevailed with his correct spelling of “pendiculation”, which is defined as the act of yawning.

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