Kyrene’s annual District Spelling Bee may have taken a different format this year, but students were still eager to put their knowledge to the test and out-spell their peers.
27 finalists from Kyrene’s elementary, middle and K-8 campuses participated in the virtual Bee. Spellers had 24 hours to complete the online test developed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization. During the test, students tackled difficult words such as “kaleidoscope,” “quiescence” and “harrumph.”
Drew Passmonick, a 7th grade student from Kyrene Digital Academy (KDA), earned the title of District Bee Champion. In second place was Lincoln Trembath, a 5th grade student from Kyrene de los Lagos, and tying for third place were Kyrene de los Cerritos 5th grader Conner Trynosky and KDA 5th grader Christopher Humanski.
All four students advanced to the Regional Bee, where first and second place winners move on to the State Bee. A tiebreaker test was needed due to a three way tie for 2nd place, and Drew Passmonick secured the spot. Drew will join the first place speller in representing our region in the Arizona State Spelling Bee in March. Lincoln Trembath of Kyrene de los Lagos placed in fourth overall.
Kyrene School District Spelling Bee Champion, Drew Passmonick (KDA, Grade 7)