Northport K-8 School held their annual Spelling Bee recently in the school media center. Students from grades four through eight who won their classroom spelling bees were able to move forward and participate in the school based spelling bee. Parent attendance was plentiful and each spelling bee participant was able to bring one student guest from their class. Students moved through six rounds with Americorp Tutor Azzam Abdur-Rahman calling the words and tutors Barbara Despinos and Tessa Falatovich serving as judges. Students showed an impressive knowledge of spelling this year as they used rules and strategies to make excellent spelling connections. Many students asked for the word in a sentence, the language of origin and the part of speech as well as palm writing to become better bee participants.

The Northport Grand Spelling Champion for 2016 is Jennifer Tufte, a fifth grader, and second place went to Sierra Molinary, an eighth grader. Both girls will represent Northport at the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at the Civic Center in March. Participants were Julian Moldonado, Samuel Guillen, Honeylette Ricalde, Alex Uy, Skylar Warner, Pierre Dentilus, Diego Lopez, Giovanni Wright, Anthony Serrano, Elijah Yuhas, Ellen Garcia, Dorian Jessee, Jordan Braden, Jesus Gonzalez, Jayden Diago, Jennifer Tufte, Jake Jones, Marilla Cruce, Alexander Hernandez, Matt Pinto, Jared Lowrie, Sierra Molinary, Andrevious Collins, Mya James, Davon Charles, NAthaniel Oliver, Zachary Cummings, Dudley Olibrice and Dakota Davis.

Wonderful and enthusiastic student performance!