JSerra Catholic High School held its inaugural Spelling Bee on February 1, 2017 for 5th and 6th grade students currently enrolled at one of seven local partner schools: Mission Basilica, St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, St. Catherine of Siena, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Junipero Serra Catholic School, St. John’s Episcopal, and Our Lady Queen of Angels.
The competitors and their classmates first joined the high school students at their weekly Mass, and then enjoyed a special lunch provided by JSerra before the exciting competition began. Cheered on by over 500 excited classmates who held hand-drawn signs of support (and even did the wave), the 52 participants battled through nearly a dozen round of increasingly difficult spelling words.
6th grader Jordan Held of Our Lady Queen of Angels won first place. She will receive $5,000 per year towards JSerra tuition (a $20,000 value). This was Held’s first spelling bee, and she had prepared by reading and practicing spelling words.
The second place winner was 5th grader Laura Allain of St. Edward the Confessor Parish School, who won $2,500 per year towards JSerra tuition ($10,000 value). The third place winner was 6th grader Luca Bredehoft of Our Lady Queen of Angels, who won $1,000 per year towards JSerra tuition ($4,000 value).
We look forward to next year's JSerra Spelling Bee!