Josephine Samuel (left), Faith West Academy sixth grader, with runner-up McKenzie Stevenson holding a Webster’s International Dictionary after the school-level HoustonPBS Spelling Bee.
The top Faith West Academy speller for the school-level, HoustonPBS Spelling Bee was sixth grader, Josephine Samuel, daughter of Binoy and Jocelyn Samuel. In the 11th and Championship Round, the winning word was translucent. Josephine will advance to the private school district competition for Harris County Private Schools Spelling Bee in February.
After 30 minutes, nine rounds had taken place and the third place winner, Noah Currier, had been established.
The two remaining spellers, Josephine and McKenzie Stevenson, stepped up to the judges table for the final showdown.
In the 10th round, the word given to McKenzie was, “chandeliers.”
“Chandeliers: C-H-A-N-D-A-L-I-E-R-S,” she spells out, but spelling bee coordinator Paula Harnisch informs her it is incorrect.
Josephine spelled “subterranean” correctly and advances to the 11th round.
The next word is given to Josephine, and if she spells it correctly, she will take the championship.
“Translucent: T-R-A-N-S-L-U-C-E-N-T,” Josephine spells correctly and the audience immediately began to applaud.
To compete in the HoustonPBS Spelling Bee, students must win a series of competitions at school and at district/regional/county level. The HoustonPBS Spelling Bee (March 2018) Champion will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. with an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Bee Week. Last year’s national champion won over $40,000 in cash and prizes.
Caption for Photo: Josephine Samuel (left), Faith West Academy sixth grader, with runner-up McKenzie Stevenson holding a Webster’s International Dictionary after the school-level HoustonPBS Spelling Bee.