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Eighth-grader takes first place in Golding MS Spelling Bee

December 13, 2019

Anika Urbano was the winner of the 2019 Golding Middle School Spelling Bee.

“Proportionate” proved to be no problem for Anika Urbano, who captured first place in the Golding Middle School Spelling Bee on Friday, Dec. 13.

The eighth-grader successfully negotiated that word’s tongue-twisting mix of vowels and constants and then correctly spelled “broadcast” in the final round to seal her victory.

She now advances to the Capital Region Spelling Bee, which will be held this coming February at Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

“I was nervous at first, but not really after that,” said Urbano, who is the student council co-president. “For me, ‘proportionate’ was the hardest word.”

Twenty-six students participated in the Golding Middle School Spelling Bee.

Thomas Flood, a sixth-grader, placed second, and eighth-grader Savannah Santos was third.

They emerged from a field of 26 students who competed in front of several hundred of their peers, as well as faculty, staff and community members.

At the conclusion of the 90-minute event, the top three finishers exchanged a group hug and received a warm round of applause.

The full field of participating students included:

Grade 6

Lily Strong

Thomas Flood

Abby Smith

Oliver Schel

Annika Falco

Gabriel Tripp

Jack Beardsley

Rose Kabel

Grade 7

Abigail Cisneros

Alana Hardendorf

Isabella Herzog

Kya Oliver

Matthew Plunkett

Sophia Ruenes

Juliana Strobeck

Anthony Underwood

Grade 8

Holden Schel

Savannah Santos

Michael Kauffman

Suheb Humair

Kealy Schilde

Anika Urbano

Madlyn Franqui

Brae Dunham

Harley Lighthall

Anthea Bartlett

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