Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Students Spell Success In Annual Bee

Published February 12, 2009

In the past month each elementary school hosted a local spelling bee to identify a student winner to represent the school at the archdiocesan level. Held in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the archdiocesan competition included student representatives from 18 schools. The student competitors, ranging from fourth to eighth grade, gathered Jan. 27 at St. Jude the Apostle School, Atlanta, for this year’s contest.

After nearly 90 minutes of competition and the spelling of more than 220 words, a winner finally emerged. Correctly spelling “irreconcilable” for the bee championship was seventh-grader Christina DeLurgio of Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Atlanta. Also placing in the contest was eighth-grader J.P. Smith (second place) from Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta, and eighth-grader Elysa McBean (third place) from St. Peter Claver Regional School, Decatur.

By finishing in the top three in the bee, these students qualify to compete on the district level, the next step toward the national competition held each spring in Washington, D.C. The bee was described by several in attendance as the most competitive bee in recent memory. The event was an impressive display of skill, talent and sportsmanship on behalf of all of the student participants.

Coordinating the event for St. Jude the Apostle was Kathy Davis. Other officials for the bee included pronouncer Eric McNaughton of Marist School, Atlanta, and judges Angie Owens of Our Lady of Mercy High School, Fairburn, Terry Sides of St. Pius X High School, Atlanta, and Brian Marks of Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell.