Konawaena student wins state spelling bee
After 19 rounds of grueling competition last Saturday, Christianne Abella, an eighth-grader from Konawaena Middle School, took the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee crown.
Abella and her chaperone will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.
This is the second time in three years the winner of the state bee was a Konawaena Middle student.
Abella is also the first girl to win the state bee in four years, spelling the word “plangency” correctly to win the top prize.
Plangency is “the quality of a loud, resounding sound.”
“Each year, we are amazed by the knowledge and skill of the spelling bee contestants,” said Susan Eichor, president of aio. “On behalf of the aio family of companies and our community partners, we applaud each student for their hard work and dedication, and everyone who helped make this competition a success. We’d like congratulate Christianne on becoming this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion and wish her the best of luck at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.”
Abella also received a perpetual trophy to display at Konawaena Middle, a Hawaii State Champion Trophy, an unabridged Webster’s International Dictionary, a 2014 United States Mint Proof Set and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Online.
The state bee’s runner-up was Hope Kudo, another eighth-grader from Hawaii Island, who represented Kealakehe Intermediate School. She and Abella were this year’s district co-champions.
This year, a total of 92 schools participated in seven district bees across the state. The top two spellers in each district advanced to the final competition, which aired live on PBS Hawaii.
There were 14 participants in grades 4-8 at the state bee. All of these finalists received a SWAG (“Spelling Winners Are Great!”) bag filled with goodies from generous community sponsors.
This is the fourth year the competition was coordinated by aio Foundation, with support from its community partners.
The state bee will re-air at 1 p.m. Saturday on PBS Hawaii.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.