Victoria Damon, an eighth-grade student at Pacetti Bay Middle School, won the 2015 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Spelling Bee held today at the School Board Administration Building. She won by spelling the word “Frankenstein” correctly. Victoria is the daughter of John and Catia Damon.
Thirty-three elementary and middle school students from 28 public and five private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in The Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 21 at the Jacksonville Main Public Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Colin Fraser of Gamble Rogers Middle School will represent the county.
It took 28 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Vice Chair Patrick Canan, School Board Member Kelly Barrera, School Board Member Bill Mignon, Superintendent Joseph Joyner and Deputy Superintendent Martha Mickler.
WFOY Newstalk 1240 AM broadcasted the spelling bee live and streamed it on their website. Media Services also taped the event.
The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled in May in Washington, D.C.
Laurie Hays, SJCSD program specialist for Elementary Language Arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Linda Villadoniga, retired SJCSD teacher. Judges for the event were Jim Welu, retired SJCSD director of student services; Sandy Waldeis, community representative; and Laurie Hays.
The Spelling Bee will be broadcast on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. and on Monday, January 26 at 6 p.m. on SEA TV channels 99 and 262.
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