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7th Grader Wins NMS Bee

Northley Middle School held its annual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, January 18th with its grade 6 - 8 students participating.  It was a lively competition demonstrating how many Northley students consistently read, practice vocabulary and learn spelling patterns. 

Seventh grade student Alexa Bernstein was crowned the winner, outlasting the runner-up, Belle Maducdoc. This is Alexa's second year topping the NMS Bee, which sends her to the Delaware County Spelling Bee to be held on February 25, 2023.  While last year's county event was a virtual affair, Alexa is looking forward to competing in person with other winners across the county.

Alexa is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction (the Hunger Games series is one of her favorites) as well as fiction based on Greek Mythology.  She can be seen at lunch with a good book and enjoys word games and her math classes.  She aspires to attend Carnegie Mellon some day and be a leader in the field of law or possibly business. 

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit offers Delaware County students the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee program.  The Bee helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. In addition to the academic benefits, students also develop important life skills that will help them as they advance in school and eventually to successful careers.

Winners of the Delaware County Bee may qualify for the National Competition held in Washington, DC in late May. 

Northley Middle School administrator Eileen Martin shared her excitement about Alexa's accomplishment as well as appreciation for all of the support that Penn-Delco staff offered to make this event possible. She noted that NMS office staff Rosina Portugal, Monica Esposito, and Theresa Fallon worked behind the scenes to make the event progress smoothly.  She also thanked Liz Bereznak, who was their pronouncer for the Spelling Bee, and Karen Scharrer and Ryan Couglin for being judges.

Congratulations to Alexa, Belle, NMS student spellers, and all who participated in this wonderful demonstration of commitment to learning.