DERRY — This contest always spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S.
Students in Derry elementary and middle schools have been enjoying the annual spelling bee competitions, pitting students against each other for the title of top school speller.
Contests become a crowd pleaser with parents, staff and students filling cafeterias and libraries for the annual events.
South Range Elementary School held its bee on Jan. 23. The after-school contest drew a big crowd cheering on the contestants, who are chosen from classrooms after earning the right to be one of the finalists.
Emma Olson ended up taking the South Range spelling crown.
At West Running Brook Middle School, the competition was also fierce in last week’s evening event.
In the end, Ben Taylor took that contest title.
Other schools have held their own spelling bees over the last several weeks. In addition, schools also host annual geography bee contests to test students knowledge of the world.