In one of the closest contested – and longest – SIS spelling bees in recent memory, 7th grader Christella Reyes and 8th grader Dylan Sulit went “toe to toe” in an impressive display of spelling proficiency, with Christella taking top honors after what could be considered an “overtime” round.
Finalists Rachel Jones (4th grade), Tabby Kelliher (5th grade), Clare Kelliher (6th grade), Christella and Dylan began the competition with Mrs. Collins announcing the spelling words. As the “bee” got down to Christella and Dylan, Mrs. Collins actually ran out of words and after consulting with Mrs. Ascenzo, spelling bee faculty coordinator, an “overtime” round was held with each student getting a chance at 5 additional words.
Quite an impressive showing by Christella, Dylan and all the finalists!
According to Mrs. Ascenzo, the next step is the Private School Spelling Bee on February 8, qualifiers from which advance to DuPage County Bee. Private school students may not go directly to the County Bee at Wheaton High School. They must first participate in a local private school bee. Three winners of the Du Page Private School Bee at Islamic Foundation School will qualify to advance to the County Bee hosted by Wheaton North High School.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company.