Eleven BPIS students in grades 4 and 5 competed through 19 rounds of vexing vocabulary to crown a winner who will represent the school at the regional spelling bee at Proctors. Fifth grader Ben Faboskay triumphed at the end of the competition, spelling “organist” correctly for his winning word.
It’s not an unfamiliar feeling for Ben, who won grade-wide spelling bees in second and third grade before failing to make the school-wide stage last year. “It’s pretty awesome to be back here,” said Ben after the win. “A lot of studying went into it.”
Ben said he studied the sheets that were given to the classroom winners to prepare for the school-wide bee. He says he plans to do the same before the regional bee at Proctors in February.
“Spelling is fun,” Ben said. “It can teach you a lot of things and help you learn.”