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Submitted By: Colleen Streefland, RCS Spelling Bee Coordinator 
Do you think you could spell "susceptible"? How about "banzai" or "toboggan"? Every year students in grades 5-8 face tricky words like these in the Rochester Catholic Schools annual spelling bee.

Congratulations to our Rochester Catholic Schools District Spelling Bee Champions! The two first place winners are: Lukas Singer, 8th grader at St. Francis of Assisi School, and Colin Niwagaba, 7th grader at Holy Spirit Catholic School. The runner up is Elena Meves, 6th grader at St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X. Lukas and Colin will advance to the Southeast Service Cooperative Regional Preliminary Spelling Bee competition on February 13 competing against other students from 35 different school districts all over Southeast Minnesota. 

If our spellers advance, they will be invited back for the Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Final on February 27 and then on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May!

In November, students begin with the first level of competition. Teachers hold classroom spelling bees and the top two spellers from each classroom advance to the all school spelling bee. All three RCS grade schools then hold school level spelling bees in December. The top three spellers from each school advance to the Rochester Catholic Schools District Bee. The district bee is held in January, and the nine spellers compete until only the top two remain. 

Over the past ten years, the Rochester Catholic Schools have sent three students to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Catherine Cojocaru and Tina Farnberg both made it to the national spelling bee two times. Our most recent participant was in 2017, when Thomas York advanced and made it to the finals at the national level. With accomplished spellers, past and present, our annual spelling bee is a notable example of academic excellence. Congratulations to all of our spellers!