NEWFANE – The Niagara Region Parent-Teacher Association’s annual spelling bee held last month saw a repeat champion.
Hannah Schiffmacher, a student at William Kaegebein Elementary in Grand Island, took the top spot in the fifth-grade competition, one year after she won first place in the fourth-grade event.
Sixty-eight fourth- and fifth-graders from schools across Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties participated in the competition, held at Newfane Middle School on March 29.
In the fifth-grade portion, Schiffmacher took home first place, followed by Caden Kerr of Tonawanda and Christine Wood of Starpoint.
In the fourth-grade contest, Lauren Price of Tonawanda took home the top spot, followed by Abishek Selvakumar of Huth Road Elementary on Grand Island, and Clay Foster of Roy B. Kelley Elementary in Lockport.
The PTA units represented this year were Albion; Barker; Newfane; Royalton-Hartland; Starpoint; Tonawanda; Anna Merritt Elementary, Emmet Belknap Intermediate, George M. Southard Elementary and Roy B. Kelley Elementary, Lockport; Drake Elementary, North Tonawanda; Huth Road Elementary and William Kaegebein Elementary, Grand Island; and W.H. Stevenson Elementary, Ransomville.
Douglas Regan, Niagara Region PTA education chair and John Madden of the Lockport PTA were the pronouncers for the contests. Judges were Niagara Region PTA board members Becky Wilson, Mandy Sampson, John McKenna, MaryBeth Carroll and Terri Emmert. Board members Sean Hannam and Tammy Dodge also volunteered to help with the event.