CVMS crowns Rehman spelling bee champion

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Neighbors | Submitted.Forty-nine Canfield Village Middle School students in grades five through eight competed in the school’s annual spelling bee on Dec. 21.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Canfield Village Middle School student took his turn at the microphone and looked to Professor Wendy Pfrenger of Kent State Salem to pronounce his word to spell during the school’s annual Spelling Bee on Dec. 21.


Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield Village Middle School principal Judd Rubin (left) congratulated the 2017 school grand champion and grade level winners at the Canfield Village Middle School Spelling Bee on Dec. 21. Pictured are, from left, sixth-grade champion and runner-up Chloe Campbell, sixth-grader and grand champion Saif Rehman, seventh-grade champion Grace Min, fifth-grade champion Radhika Uppal, eighth-grade champion Julia Mosher and announcer Professor Wendy Pfrenger of Kent State Salem.


Sixth-grade student Saif Rehman was crowned the 2017 grand champion of the annual Canfield Village Middle School Spelling Bee on Dec. 21.

Each grade level crowned a winner, with Radhika Uppal named fifth-grade champion, Chloe Campbell named sixth-grade champion and runner-up, Grace Min named seventh-grade champion and Julia Mosher named eighth-grade champion.

All grade level champions received a Barnes and Noble gift card, courtesy of the PTO, while Rehman and Campbell also received a one-year online subscription to Britannica Kids, courtesy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program.

Rehman also earned a spot in and will represent CVMS in The Vindicator Regional Spelling Bee at Youngstown State University on March 10, for the chance to move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

The 49 student spellers qualified for the bee by winning a classroom spelling bee, with each homeroom class having a representative, along with one student from each individual Language Arts class and four winners from last year.

After two rounds of the spelling bee, the CVMS student body was ushered into the gymnasium.

“We‘d like to welcome the student body and teachers to the annual CVMS Spelling Bee. I’d like to recognize all the participants and those still in the game with a round of applause. We will be recognizing one grade level champion from each grade and one grand champion this morning,” said Erica Putro, spelling bee coordinator.

Putro then turned over the spelling bee to guest announcer, Professor Wendy Pfrenger of Kent State Salem.

After 11 rounds, the final two spellers, Rehman and Campbell, faced off.

Putro explained that for the one word championship round, a student must spell his or her word correctly and then spell one more word correctly to be named overall spelling bee champion.

In the 14th round, Rehman spelled the word ‘surname’ correctly, and then moved on to spell the word ‘embarrassment’ correctly to be named the 2017 CVMS Spelling Bee Champion.

Spelling bee judges included Putro, Julie Webb, Michelle Napolitano, Mary Lou Thacker, Melissa Nagy and Emily Sipe.

“I’d like to thank the PTO for providing the prizes for the spelling bee and for dressing up the stage this year. We are grateful for the efforts of everyone involved each year,” Putro said to conclude the event.

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