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Blessed Trinity Academy hosts virtual spelling bee

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 12:01 PM

At Blessed Trinity Academy in Glenshaw, one of the highlights of the year is the annual Spelling Bee for 4th through 6th grade students.  The school Spelling Bee usually takes place in March with the winner moving on to the Diocesan Championship in May.  However, due the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Bee had to take a different form.  Even though the school is currently doing distance learning, there was still an interest in continuing to have the annual Bee even if it was scheduled later and the Diocesan Championship had been canceled.  Mr. Jeff Tinnemeyer, 5th grade teacher and coordinator of the Spelling Bee, contacted all of the students who had signed up in March and of those, there were still 10 students interested in participating in a virtual Spelling Bee.

On May 20, the virtual Bee took place via a live Google stream to the entire school.  After a significant number of rounds, the 10 original participants came down to the final three, 6th graders Colin Glass, Nico Simakas, and Sarah Stevens with Nico and Sarah going head to head for the title.  After several extremely difficult words, Sarah beat out Nico to take the title of BTA’s 2020 Spelling Bee champion.

Although Sarah will not be able to participate in the Diocesan Spelling Bee due to its cancellation, the students at BTA were excited to be able to continue the Spelling Bee tradition despite the unprecedented circumstances.