District sends four to Capital Region Spelling Bee
N.Y. (Jan. 30, 2019) -- Friday,
Jan. 11 was a docile day at William S. Hackett Middle School.
D-O-C-I-L-E, that is. Correctly stating those six letters earned Pine
Hills Elementary School’s Jonah Bouget, a fifth-grader, first-place in
the district’s 2019 spelling bee.
It took nine rounds for the 14 contenders to
trickle down to two finalists. Words like “offal,” “barbarous” and
“gangrene” eliminated the top speller from every elementary and middle
school in the district until it was just Bouget and Hackett
eighth-grader Hannah Goldstein on the stage.
You could feel the pressure in the auditorium
and also see the emotion on the students’ faces after the judges nodded
“yes” or “no” once a word was completed.
“Of course I was nervous,” recalls Bouget. “But
I thought to myself, ‘just spell the words.’”
Eagle Point Elementary School’s Alina Gasanova
and Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School’s Isaac Allen, who tied for
third, will join Goldstein and Bouget at the Capital Region Spelling Bee
on Feb. 13 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.
“I want me or one of the other kids from our
school district to win (at the Capital Region bee),” added Bouget.
grades 4-8 competed first at the building level and those winners
advanced to the district-wide competition.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High