Seventh grader Estelle Jules won the annual spelling bee at Ss. Peter and Paul School on St. Thomas on December 7. She will represent the school in the District Spelling Bee in February 2012.
Twenty students from Grades 4 to 8 participated in the school bee. This year’s spelling list of words ranged from “cusp” and “scythe” to “mezzanine” and “extemporaneous.” The winning word was “barracks.” The participants received prizes ranging from trophies, medals, gifts and gift certificates from local businesses and a group pass to Coral World. The winners also received prizes from Scripps, the sponsor of National Spelling Bee. The event was directed by veteran teacher Jane Gonzalez.
Pictured from left to right: principal Samuel Belmar, champion Estelle Jules (grade 7), assistant principal Austin Walters, second place winner Gabrielle Quetel (grade 8) and third place winner Brittany Rivera (grade 6).