Up & Coming Weekly

February 21, 2023

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM FEBRUARY 22 - 28, 2023 UCW 9 Angelo Aldoph, a seventh grader at Max Abbott Middle School, is the winner of the Cumberland County Schools' Championship Spelling Bee. Saint Patrick Catholic School seventh grader Emily Staneata won second place honors. Julia Lim, a fifth grader at Cumberland Academy K-5 Virtual School, was the third place winner. Fifty-nine students competed in the Preliminary Level II Spelling Bees, which concluded Feb. 10 with the championship competition at the Educational Resource Center. Parents, teachers, fellow students and staff eagerly watched the group of participants one-by-one step up to the microphone and demon- strate their 'spelling power' to the crowd. Nine students competed in the Championship Spelling Bee after winning their school's level I and district's level II competitions. Angelo correctly spelled "crusta- ceans" to capture the win. Courtesy of CCS, Angelo will go on to com- pete in the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee this summer in the Washington, D.C. area. e semifinal and final competi- tions will take place on May 31 and June 1, respectively, and will be televised on the ION and Bounce networks. In addition to qualifying for the national competition, Angelo won the following prizes: •e Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, a 2023 United States Mint Proof Set provided by Jay Sugar- man, chairman and CEO of iStar Financial, in honor of his father •e Britannica Online Premium, a one-year subscription for the pre- mier online resource from Encyclo- pedia Britannica •e Merriam-Webster Un- abridged Online, a one-year subscription for the official word source for all levels of competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. At the start of the competition, students were welcomed and encouraged to "B-E-G-I-N" spell- ing by School Board Chairwoman Deanna Jones. e competition, which involved nine public and private local school spellers, lasted 13 rounds. CCS' Psychological Services Coordinator Lisa Craver served as the pronouncer for each of the 10 spelling bees during the competition. e district and e Fayetteville Observer provided judges for each Bee. e Fayetteville Observer's Opinion Editor Myron Pitts; Food, Dining and Business Reporter Tay- lor Shook; and Production Man- ager Kiffany Cain were tasked with tracking every word and verifying spelling accuracy for the Champi- onship Bee. At the close of the competition, CCS Chief Academic Officer Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman commend- ed the students on their resilience to keep going no matter what! "Today's competition is a dem- onstration of our students' deter- mination and hard work," said Su- perintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. "I know we will see these spellers in the future as our leaders!" NEWS Max Abbott Middle School student wins County Championship Spelling Bee with C-R-U-S-T-A-C-E-A-N-S a CityView Today STAFF REPORT Spelling Bee Champion Angelo Aldoph (center) holds his trophy and certificate while posing for a photo with (left to right) Chief Academic Officer Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, Board Chairwoman Deanna Jones, Board Member Jacquelyn Brown and Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Schools) CCS Championship Spelling Bee winners are (left to right) Second place winner Emily Staneata from Saint Patrick Catholic School, First place winner Angelo Aldoph from Max Abbott Middle School, and ird place winner Julia Lim from Cumberland Academy K-5 Virtual School. (Photo courtesy of Cumberland County Schools) Help your kids to develop reading and critical thinking skills by playing games, solving puzzles, and reading exciting educational stories!

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