NEWPORT – Bryce Ashley, son of Ashlee Dance and Andy Ashley, a Grade 5 student at Towle School, was crowned top speller on Thursday, January 15. Ashley is eligible to compete in the New Hampshire SpellingBee next month following his win.
Ashley went head to head in a tough competition against twenty-eight fellow Grade 5 and 6 students, only to come down to the wire to defeat first runner-up and classmate, Kaiden Seymour when asked to spell“irrigation”. Brooklyn Mitchler, Grade 6, was second runner-up. All three of the top spellers are children of Newport faculty and staff members.
Termed an “outstanding success, like many other activities here at Towle,” the spelling bee was held at the gymnasium in Richards School and was judged by community member, Mark Pitkin, and school staff members Betty Igou and Deborah Beaupre. The event was organized, timed and facilitated by Towle School faculty.
Ashley will head to Concord to compete in Manchester Union Leader sponsored state preliminary round of the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee. The winner of the New Hampshire Bee on February 28, 2015 held at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, will be eligible to compete at the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC in May.
Local spelling bees are open to all public schools, private schools and home-school groups in New Hampshire, and approximately 200 competitors are expected at the February state meet. For more information about the local match, please contact Towle School by visiting the school page atwww.sau43.org or emailing school Principal, Phil Callanan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the NH Spelling Bee can be found at www.unionleader.com.
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photo (l-r): Laura Mosconas (grade 6 teacher), Bryce Ashley (spelling bee winner, Grade 5-Mr. Benoit), Kaiden Seymour (first runner-up, Grade 5-Mr. Benoit), Brooklyn Mitchler (second runner-up, Grade 6-Mrs. Mitchler), Georgia Scott (Towle School Guidance Counselor)