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ABC as easy as Spelling Bee

Cameron McCrillis, pictured with ‘Head Bee’, Felicia Phelan, won the BRE Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 19, by spelling the word “fluoride” correctly in the championship round.

By. Lily T., BRE Ridgeline Staff Reporter

Over the last few weeks there was a buzz in the air around Buffalo Ridge Elementary School. Everyone was wondering who would represent Buffalo Ridge at the next level of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee competition.

This year a record breaking number of students tried out – about 50 fourth and fifth graders. Only 19 lucky spellers made it through to take part in the Buffalo Ridge Spelling Bee, which was held on Thursday, January 19.

After nineteen exciting rounds, fifth grader Cameron McCrillis spelled the word “fluoride” to win the BRE Spelling Bee. “It was tough at the end and I feel great about winning,” said McCrillis.

All the spelling bee participants had to practice spelling and speaking 450 words clearly. Mrs. Phelan, fifth grade teacher and BRE ‘Head Bee’ said, “All the kids who made the spelling bee worked very hard to pronounce and spell their words.”

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been around for almost 100 years now and helps improve vocabulary and grammar.

McCrillis gets to move to the next level of spelling competition, which is the district spelling bee on February 15 at Castle Rock Middle School.

The Ridgeline is Buffalo Ridge Elementary School’s online newspaper. Lily T. is a fifth-grade Ridgeline reporter. She identified this story idea, gathered the facts independently, and is reporting the news on behalf of the Castle Pines Connection. 



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