Top Spellers Rise at Cluster Bees

Lineup Set for Citywide Spelling Bee on March 17

Cluster Bee winner Teddy Palmore (third from right) and runner-up Robert Foster (right) stand with some of the spellers who will be participating in The Washington Informer's 35th Annual Spelling Bee. The Cluster Bee, held Feb. 8 at Langley Education Center in Northeast, ran 53 rounds and was purported as one of the longest in the history of the event. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)
Cluster Bee winner Teddy Palmore (third from right) and runner-up Robert Foster (right) stand with some of the spellers who will be participating in The Washington Informer's 35th Annual Spelling Bee. The Cluster Bee, held Feb. 8 at Langley Education Center in Northeast, ran 53 rounds and was purported as one of the longest in the history of the event. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

The Intermediate Bees — affectionately known as the Cluster Bees — went round for round as the District’s top spellers made an effort to be finalist in the citywide Spelling Bee next month.

For three days last week, spellers competed at Langley Elementary School in Northeast yielding winners from several different rounds that will meet again on Saturday, March 17 at NBC Studios for the televised taping of the Spelling Bee.

The winner will compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee celebrating its 90th year this May in Washington, D.C.

Winners from each Intermediate Bee:

Feb. 7, 9 a.m. session: Marie-Celeste Pessey, Stoddert Elementary School; round 8 — winning word: tiramisu
Feb. 7, 1 p.m. session: Matthew Weitzner, Janney Elementary School; round 9 — winning word: gulden
Feb. 8, 9 a.m. session: Teddy Palmore, St. Albans School; round 53 — winning word: ontological
Feb 8, 1 p.m. session: Joe Finkelstein, Deal Middle School; round 14 — winning word: barrage
Feb 9, 9 a.m. session: Grace Thornton, Eaton Elementary School; round 9 — winning word: ludic

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Boisvert
Pronouncers: Crystal Hahn and Sakon Kieh
Judges: Kellye Carter, Christine Kosmider, Jonathan Lewis, Jayson Wilkinson, Cheryl Lee, Matthew Hoffman, Felicia Messina D’Haiti, Renee Abdullah, Emily Wilson, Natasha Davis, James Rountree and Dawn Sherman.
Appeals Representatives/Consolers: Sakon Kieh, Lauren Crichton, Felicia Messina D’Haiti, Marissa Edmonds and Mary Davis.
Registration: Jonathon Lewis, Charlene Evans-Smith, Brigid Cafferty and Felicia Messina D’Haiti.

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Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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