PPA Students Shine In Spelling Bee
Peninsula Preparatory Academy Charter School (PPA) says their fifthgrade scholars did extremely well at the Queens South round of the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee. The competition was steep, and the scholars rose to the occasion, spelling words well beyond their grade level.
Preparing for the spelling bee was no easy task. All three scholars participated in PPA’s Speller’s Boot Camp. The three finalists gave up a portion of their lunch and stayed afterschool twice a week to prepare. Their hard work and efforts were truly on display at the spelling bee.
The spelling bee took place at Forest Hills High School on January 21. There were 110 contestants from school districts 27, 28, and 29. All of the competitors took part in a spelling bee at their own school in order to qualify for the competition at Forest Hills High School. The spelling bee accepted winners of the school-wide spelling bee from fifth grade to eighth grade. PPA’s scholars were outdone in grade level, but not performance. All three of them made it through the first round.
The spelling bee lasted 10 rounds and contained words that would tongue-tie most adults. Words like gynecocracy, acrimonious and algebraic eliminated two of our spelling bee finalists in the second round. The words were tough, but Chiyda Ama persevered and was 1 of 5 students competing for the last spot in the citywide championship round of the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee.
A school spokesperson said, “Each worked hard and learned about words from all over the world. PPA is dedicated to helping its scholars become world-class citizens. Competing in events like the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee contributes to this process in a major way.”