Two Students Compete in National Spelling Bee

A Commitment to Excellence Spells Success For Two District Students
Posted on 05/28/2019

For the second year in a row, Tommy Cherry, an 8th grade student at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Cherry took the top spot in the regional spelling bee, earning the chance to participate in the national competition which will be held from May 27-30 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland. He’s up against more than 500 other students, competing for a $50,000 cash prize.


“Among all the challenges we face in education, Tommy is a rare, bright light,” said Dr. Alexander Bellas an Advanced English Language Arts/ELL Reading teacher at Christa McAuliffe Middle.

This year, Cherry took a different approach to prepare for the contest. After talking with top contestants at the 2018 competition, Cherry learned of a study tool called SpellPundit that provides spelling bee resources for students at all levels.

The platform identifies all of the words required for the spelling bee competition and arranges them into modules. According to their website, the modules can be prepared with custom built e-learning software, helping users self-study words faster and easier.


Also joining Cherry at the National Spelling Bee is Bak Middle School of the Arts 7th grade student Arik Karim, competing for the second year in the row too. Arik says he feels a lot more prepared this year. In fact, he and Cherry practiced together.


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