F-U-N, Parenting OC’s Annual Spelling Bee Recap
On May 7, Parenting OC’s Annual Spelling Bee kicked off at Fairmont Private Schools’ Anaheim Hills Campus in an interactive chat with award-winning author, Debra Garfinkle, who served as Spelling Bee judge. Garfinkle spoke about her journey as an author, and how she was told “no” several times before she was able to publish her books, encouraging the spellers to never give up.
The fierce competition involved 58 elementary students from throughout Orange County. After 12 rounds, six spellers remained. The word list had been exhausted. Much to the surprise of the entrants, the spelling bee panel decided it was time to move on to an unpublished list of surprise words. After the 15th round, fourth graders Sophia Chen from Turtle Rock Elementary in Irvine and Joy Lee from Lee Elementary in Los Alamitos faced off. Joy took the title, spelling “perforate” and “saunter” correctly. On top of winning a trophy and bragging rights, Joy received a family membership to the Discovery Cube, a week of summer camp to Camp James, and a family four-pack to the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Despite some D-I-S-A-P-P-O-I-N-T-M-E-N-T, disappointment…all 58 spellers left with consolation goodies, including the signed copy of Zeke Meeks books from Debra Garfinkle, a t-shirt and four tickets to the Santa Ana Zoo.
Parenting OC’s Spelling Bee 2016
Attention parents and teachers! Nominate the best speller from your class to represent your school at this countywide competition!
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00am – 1:00pm
Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills Campus5310 E La Palma Ave, Anaheim, CA 92807
Register Before May 5, 2016
- Third through fifth grade applicants accepted
- Three spellers per school maximum
- Prize awarded to the winner
- Space is limited. Entries accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
- Mailed in forms must arrive at Parenting OC’s office in Anaheim no later than Friday, April 29th
ANAHEIM HILLS, CA (April 12, 2016) – Parenting OC magazine is kicking off May with the 9th annual Parenting OC Spelling Bee. Partnering with Fairmont Private Schools Anaheim Hills campus, this competition will take place on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. Third through fifth grade applicants will be accepted for this year’s bee.
The winner of the bee will receive a trophy, along with a free week of camp to Camp James at Newport Dunes, an annual family membership to the Discovery Cube Science Center, 4 Garden Grove Strawberry Festival VIP ride tickets (good for 6 free rides each), and 4 tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific!
Randall Tierney, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief at Parenting OC, will serve as the pronouncer on the Bee panel. Debra Garfinkle, Author and Parenting OC Writer, will also be a judge on the panel, and Lina Yee, Marketing and Event Coordinator at Parenting OC, will be the word list coordinator.
In last year’s Spelling Bee, the competition ended in a three-way tie after going 45 rounds and exhausting the word list. The winners were Akia Allan of K Anthony School, Nathaniel Kang of Grace Classical Academy and Natalie Williams of Golden Elementary School.
For more information, call 714-630-4510 x6, or email email@example.com
The Bee Panel
Author, Parenting OC Writer
Word List Coordinator
Marketing and Event Coordinator
Prizes Supplied By
Last Year’s Winners
In a first for the annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee, the competition ended in a three-way tie after going 45 rounds and exhausting the word list. Trophies go to Akia Allan of K Anthony School, Nathaniel Kang of Grace Classical Academy and Natalie Williams of Golden Elementary School.