Four Riverdale Students Compete at Overall Spelling Bee

By Molly Seales

On Friday, January 20, four Riverdale Academy students traveled to Hartfield Academy in Flowood, MS, to compete in the MAIS Overall Spelling Bee. These students competed against 19 other students per age group from schools from classes 1A to 5A. Riverdale students who competed were 5th grader Brylee Halbmaier, 6th grader Isabella Stephens, 7thgrader Lily McCoy, and 8th grader Layken Gates. Brylee, Layken, and Isabella all placed in the top ten, with Isabella having the highest place with 6th.

Spelling bee sponsor Bethany Seales said, “This was a fabulous opportunity for our students to represent Riverdale and participate in such an elite competition. To get to overall, these students all finished first or second in district competition. It was amazing to watch the competition and see the intelligence of so many young scholars. These four students did an outstanding job not only in the competition but also in their representation of Riverdale Academy. They were all very neatly dressed and very polite when the judges spoke to them. I couldn’t be more proud of them. I would like to extend a special thank you to the parents, family, and friends of these students for making the long trip and supporting our kids.”

Hopefully next year we will do well again and send students back to overall. Many Riverdale students have now begun to work on their reading fair projects. The school reading fair will be held on Monday, February 6. Riverdale is proud of our spellers!

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