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Winners of 25th Annual Spelling Championship are announced

3/24/2009 —

Seventh grader Ayana Houser from Beaver Falls Middle School was the winner of the 25th Annual Beaver County Spelling Championship held recently at Penn State Beaver. Runner-up was seventh grader Rio Maropis of West Allegheny Middle School. The event is co-sponsored by the Beaver County Times, the Allegheny Times and Beaver campus.

Ayana received a $1,500 scholarship to attend Beaver campus, $250 and a trophy. Rio received a $1,000 scholarship to Beaver campus, $150, and a trophy.

Twenty seventh and eighth grader students from twenty area schools participated in the event which was moderated by Jim Luce, senior instructional services specialist at Beaver campus. Head judge was Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics and coordinator of the campus Center for Academic Achievement. Other judges were Carleen Dinello, senior instructor in English and assistant director of academic affairs, and Marsha Keefer, public affairs editor, The Times. Pronouncer was Stacy Koutoulakis, lecturer in English.

Program participants were: Kayla Mullen, Freedom Area Middle School; William Patton, Center Area Middle School; Amalia Kontoulis, Ambridge Junior High School; Matthew Young, Highland Middle School; Hollie Martin, Hopewell Memorial Junior High School; Julia Yaccich, Rochester Area Junior High; Zach Smith, Monaca Area Middle School; William Koshut, Mount Gallitzin Academy; Jessica Koshinski, Sts. Peter and Paul School; Matthew Trimble, Western Beaver Junior/Senior High School; Jhatiere Bradley-Caracter, Midland Elementary/Middle School; Rebecca Silverstein, Rhema Christian School; Jacob Goehring, Divine Mercy Academy; Michele Grieco, Beaver Area Middle School; Marlaina Dessler, St. John the Baptist School; Jack Matten, St. James School; Alyssa D’Antonio, Our Lady of Fatima School; Nicholas Barclay, South Side Middle School.

For more information about the event, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or (724) 773-3571.


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