“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.”
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: