For four years in a row, eighth-grader Christian Ted Pamintuan remains the undefeated champion of Green Meadow School’s Scripps Spelling Bee after knocking down 23 contestants from first grade to eighth grade.
The school’s spelling bee championship was held on Nov. 29 at the GMS Chalan Kiya campus.
Touted as the toughest spelling bee in the history of GMS, the competition started with 24 students in the first round. The number was eventually reduced to six students in the 11th round. The six remained in the competition until the 29th round, when all the Scripps Spelling Words had been exhausted. New sets of spelling words had to be taken from other resources for the next rounds until a champion emerged.
On the 31st round, the Top 3 spellers were left vying for school champion title and to be the school’s representative to 2019 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in Guam. These students were Cloe Ferlyn Lagmay, Areeza Gaile Anda, and Pamintuan. They lasted until the 37th round, when Lagmay misspelled the word “palate” and spelled the word palette instead.
On the 44th round, Anda, a seventh grader, misspelled the word “treachery.” She later said that she hastily spelled it without thinking first.
Pamintuan secured the slot on the 45th round by correctly spelling the word “dubious.”
Pamintuan became the official school champion after four hours of tough competition. Both Pamintuan and Anda will attend the 2019 Regional Scripps Spelling Bee in March 2019.
The judges who served during the School Scripps Spelling Bee were Tina Uchel, Rosalie Habijan, and Virgie Ogerio with the support of school principal Milagros Songcuan. (PR)