Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Landing Elementary School student Anthony Guillen, a fifth-grader from Glen Cove, competed Sunday, Feb. 10 at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee.
Like many other students, he was nervous before the spelling began, but he braved the stage with confidence. During the first round, he spelled the word cosmos; however, he was knocked out of the challenge when the words became very difficult.
“The contest is very exciting. I’m very good at spelling, and I find it fun,” he said.
The intense day began at 9 a.m. with a written exam. After, the students marched onto the stage, and they patiently waited to be called to the microphone to spell a word at random from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Every student wanted the chance to compete in the nationals. The national winner last year received an array of prizes including a $30,000 cash prize, a trophy, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond, and more.
About one-third of the students were eliminated after the preliminary round, which consisted of spelling one word.