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January 31, 2013

Derry students excel with words

Twins place first, second in spelling bee

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McLean was running out of words, due to the duration of the contest that started at 2 p.m.

“This is highly unanticipated,” McLean said.

By 3:15 p.m., he was asking for more.

Hood principal Austin Garofalo said he was impressed with the level of words the students mastered.

“It is a talent,” he said. “We’re now getting to a list of words I never heard of.”

Words like maelstrom, capitulation, triumvirate and melange proved no match for Erin and Jasmine.

In the end, it was the word “mariachi” that gave Jasmine the upper hand on the letter board after Erin misspelled the word “vibrato.”

All top middle school spellers said they liked to spell and practiced hard for the contest.

“My teacher makes it fun,” Kyle said.

His twin agreed and said knowing how to spell carries over into other schoolwork at West Running Brook.

“It really helps when I write stories,” Ryan said.

Having strong spelling skills is something that students should strive for, West Running Brook assistant principal Lorrie Belinsky said.

“Especially in this age of the spellcheck,” she said.

Both Jasmine and Kyle will now advance to the next level of competition.

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