State Spelling Bee Saturday in Lincoln

State Spelling Bee Saturday in Lincoln

LINCOLN – Twenty-seven students will face off Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Middle School for the right to represent Rhode Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this spring. The public is welcome; there is no admission charge.

Matthew Connors, a Lincoln Middle School 8th-grader; Aathraey Shrikanth, a 5th-grader at Blackstone Valley Prep, and Sahasra Yenumula, a grade 5 pupil from Community School, Cumberland, will represent this area.

The Valley Breeze sponsors the event, which will be hosted by Publisher Tom Ward. Helping fund the Bee and the winner’s trip to Washington are co-sponsors Navigant Credit Union, Hunter Insurance and Brian Hunter, Anchor Nissan/Subaru and the Benoit family, and Dave’s Marketplace.

“I’m very grateful to our co-sponsors, who help us make this a very memorable event, not only for the winner, but for every student who participates,” said Ward.

“I’m also appreciative of the Lincoln School Department and School Committee, who graciously open their doors to us each year,” added Ward. “Lincoln Middle School is a beautiful facility, and we’re proud to share it with others from around the state on Saturday. Visitors are always impressed,” said Ward.

This year’s new pronouncer will be Kim Kalunian, a reporter with WPRI-TV Channel 12 Eyewitness News, and pictured. Chief Judge is Donna Morelle, a former Cumberland schools superintendent. She is joined by Martha Correia, vice president and regional branch manager of Navigant Credit Union, and Leigh Martin, a professor of English at CCRI. Paul Jacob, of Jacob Video and Sound, Woonsocket, will record the event should spellers’ playbacks be needed.

School districts may send one winner to the Bee. Homeschoolers and Independent schools also send one representative each. The Catholic schools, with 24 schools participating, are allowed three representatives.

Other students who will participate, and their schools and hometowns, are:

• Anna S. Costello, Grade 7, Gallagher Middle School, Smithfield

• Yilmaz Kasapoglu, Grade 8, Birchwood Middle School, North Providence

• Laurel Christensen, Grade 7, St. Philip School, Smithfield, Catholic Schools

• Nick Moskalenko, Grade 6, North Smithfield Middle School, North Smithfield

• Logan Lane, Grade 5, Homeschool, Pawtucket

• Kai Hensley, Grade 5, Captain Issac Paine School, Foster-Glocester

• Luca Iacobo, Grade 7, Scituate Middle School, Scituate

• Anna Vredenburg, Grade 8, St. Philip School, Smithfield, Catholic Schools

• Joslyn Butler, Grade 7, Chariho Middle School, Charlestown

• Sava Provatakis, Grade 5, Deering Middle School, West Warwick

• Alice Dunning, Grade 6, Wickford Middle School, North Kingstown

• Simon Paricio, Grade 8, Barrington Middle School, Barrington

• Anna Butler, Grade 7, Narragansett Pier Middle School, Narragansett

• Pauline Cooper, Grade 8, Thompson Middle School, Newport

• Cash Martin, Grade 7, St. Michael’s Country Day School, Independent Schools

• Teagan Tucker, Grade 7, Kickemuit Middle School, Bristol-Warren

• Edward Manning, Grade 7, Wilbur and McMahon School, Little Compton

• Kaia Dahlin, Grade 8, Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth

• Campbell Coviello, Grade 8, Block Island School, New Shoreham

• Leah Melton, Grade 7, Father John V. Doyle School, Coventry, Catholic Schools

• Cara Eaton, Grade 8, Westerly Middle School, Westerly

• Beckett Nutting, Grade 7, Archie Cole Middle School, East Greenwich

• Christina Keomany, Grade 6, West Broadway Middle School, Providence

• Jackson Palumbo, Grade 8, Tiverton Middle School, Tiverton.