Riverdale Students Place at District Spelling Bee

By Molly Seales

On Wednesday, November 30, five students from Riverdale Academy traveled to Prairie View Academy in Bastrop to compete in the annual district spelling bee. Students in grades 4th-8th first competed in a class spelling bee, and the winner in each class advanced to district. 4th grader Benton Yount placed 3rd in his division. 5th grader Brylee Halbmaier placed 1st in her division, 6th grader Isabella Stephens placed 1st in her division, and 7th grader Lily McCoy placed first in her division. 8th grader Layken Gates placed 2nd in his division.

Brylee, Isabella, Lily, and Layken will advance to the overall spelling bee in Jackson, MS, on January 20, 2023.

Teacher and sponsor Bethany Seales said, “I am so proud of all of the students who competed in their class spelling bee and the district spelling bee. Events like this not only allow the students to shine academically, but they are also a great opportunity to build public speaking skills, which builds confidence that will last a lifetime. The entire community should be proud of these students as they represented Riverdale well! I’d like to give a special thanks to the teachers and the parents for being so supportive and making sure the students had this opportunity.”

We are proud of all of these students and wish the ones advancing to overall the best of luck. Congratulations!

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