On Saturday, February 25th, the Lyceum celebrated its 33rd Annual Monterey County Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th Graders. The San Benancio Middle School gym was packed to the brim with proud family members, supporters and principals.
The Bee began bright and early with each students on stage awaiting their first word with much anticipation. Although some nerves filled the air, all participants exuded bravery and professionalism when approaching the microphone for their turn.
Congratulations to the 68 finalists and 68 alternates who made it through to this year's final Spelling Bee competition. The schools represented were: All Saints Day, Bay View Academy, Captain Cooper, Carmel River, Castroville, El Gabilan, Foothill, Jack Franscioni, La Joya, Laurel Wood, Loma Vista, Los Padres, Madonna del Sasso, Marina Vista, Martin Luther King Jr., Mission Park, Monte Vista, Monterey Park, Natividad, Oak Avenue, Ord Terrace, Prunedale, Robert Down, Roosevelt, Sacred Heart, San Antonio, San Ardo, San Carlos, Santa Catalina, Sherwood, Spreckels, Tularcitos, University Park and Washington Union.
First Place went to Thomas Ducker, a 5th grader from Robert Down Elementary School, victoriously spelling words such as affected, exquisite, hysterical, metamorphic and gargantuan. Placing second was 4th grader Henrik Mills of Washington Union. Close behind were the third and fourth place finishers, Briana Romo from Washington Union and Gia Panetta from Tularcitos.
We would like to extend a very special Thank You to the students for their dedication and enthusiasm; the teachers, principals, parents and schools for your assistance with the program; our Judges Wayne Cruzan and Christine Westbrook; our word caller, David Riddle; our hosts Washington Union School District and San Benancio Middle School; and our sponsors.