Katie Convey (center) poses with her first-place trophy with Sister Mary Helen Beirne, SSJ, (right) Head of School, and Judy Riviezzo, eighth grade Language Arts teacher. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Hayes)

Katie Convey (center) poses with her first-place trophy with Sister Mary Helen Beirne, SSJ, (right) Head of School, and Judy Riviezzo, eighth grade Language Arts teacher. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Hayes)

Over the past few weeks, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students have been striving for excellence in spelling through their grade-level bee competitions. The winners from the first through the fourth grade were awarded medals and the finalists from the fifth through the eighth grade advanced to the School Spelling Bee held on February 1.

Sixth grader Katherine “Katie” Convey won the school championship and fifth grader Kayleigh Howard was the fifth-grade level winner. Katherine will receive a year’s subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online Student Edition with access to two student appropriate encyclopedias, an atlas, a dictionary, and a thesaurus.

She will also represent Norwood-Fontbonne Academy at the Philadelphia Tribune Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 5. Kayleigh Howard will participate in the fifth-grade ‘Spelldown.’ If she wins she will advance to the regional bee.

“I am so proud of all the students who participated and were recognized in NFA’s annual Scripps Spelling Bee. It was evident how extremely hard the students prepared for the competition,” said Judy Riviezzo, eigth-grade Language Arts teacher and Spelling Bee coordinator.

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