After countless hours of preparation, James Wilson Young Middle School
students took to the auditorium stage in late November to participate in this year’s semifinal round of the school spelling bee.
Before their cheering classmates, the class winners, representing their homerooms, competed against peers in their grade levels during the schoolwide assembly.
Sixth-grader Lillian Horne, seventh-grader Adoni Karpathakis and eighth-
grader Peter Drago were named the champion spellers of their grade levels after correctly spelling “primitive,” “gargoyle” and “dormition,” respectively.
Going head-to-head, the three students competed for the ultimate title of schoolwide spelling champion. With the correct spelling of “tentacle,” Adoni was named the 2012 champion and will now advance to the Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee in February.