Spellers go word-for-word in Sheepshead Bay vocab contest

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IS 187 eighth-grader Aaron Ng will advance to a citywide spelling bee after beating 41 other middle school students from Bay Ridge to Brighton Beach in an annual district-wide vocab contest on Jan. 23.

The English language showdown, held at IS 98 in Sheepshead Bay, included “Hawaiian,” “formaldehy­de,” and other hard-to-spell words.

Contestants trained for the spell-off by reading popular young-adult writers such as Suzanne Collins — author of the hit series “The Hunger Games” — and Sharon Creech, said Marietta Falconieri, the school’s librarian and spelling bee coordinator.

“The students who participated are highly motivated and voracious readers,” said Falconieri. “The spelling bee is based on their love for literature. The more they read, the more new vocabulary they learn.”

Ng and the five runners-up in the word war will compete in a citywide contest later this spring.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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