Twelve fifth-graders each from El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools competed in the district’s annual spelling bee on Wednesday, May 25.
Finalists went 15 rounds with Top of the World students Kaiyal Das and Natalie Ralston facing off in the last four rounds before judges would declare a winner. Kaiyal Das was able to conquer the words methodology and quid pro quo.
Superintendent Sherine Smith and Thomas Fay were final round judges. “Our LBUSD students worked hard to prepare for the spelling bee and they did us proud,” Smith said in a statement.
Over 100 friends and families enjoyed an ice-cream social following the intense final round of competition.
Natalie was declared first runner up and El Morro’s Sabrina Yang, second runner up. Next year, the spelling bee open to all fifth graders will be hosted by El Morro.