St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School, a Lumen Christi School, recently hosted its annual spelling bee to determine who would represent the school at the 2014 Vindicator 81st Regional Spelling Bee March 15. The school has junior (grades 1-3) and senior (grades 4-8) divisions.
Fr. Gregory Fedor of St. Joseph Parish in Austintown was the pronouncer with first-, sixth- and eighth-grade teachers, Katie Phillips, Caroline Mulhall and Lisa DiTomasso, respectively, as judges.
Participants in the Junior Division were Madeline, Moliterno, Xander Tingler (first grade); Lucas Andino, Mateo Santiago (second grade) and Olivia Puhallo, Nathan Saxton (third grade).
Olivia Puhallo was Junior Division Runner up and Nathan Saxton was Junior Division Champion.
Participants in the Senior Division were Cadence Pounds, Peter Wolfe (fourth grade); Jacob Shumaker, Ryan Tringhese (fifth grade); Riley Burke, Julian Johnson (sixth grade); Caleb Bucci, Leo Puhallo (seventh grade) and Daniel McCarthy and Eric Shumaker (eighth grade).
Senior Division Runner up was eighth-grader Daniel McCarthy and Senior Division Champion was fourth-grader Cadence Pounds.
The Senior Division final consisted of several rounds between the two finalists until one or the other would misspell a word.
The final two correctly spelled words by fourth-grader Cadence Pounds were “manufacture” and “freight.”