Martha’s Vineyard Regional Spelling Bee competition Friday


Seven top spellers from the five Island elementary schools, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, and the home school community will compete Friday, March 23, in the Vineyard’s Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

The spelling bee starts at 9:30 am in the Performing Art Center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The Island spellers are: Grace Hall from the Charter School, Kieran Karabees from Chilmark, Alexis Condon from Edgartown, Oliver Carson from Oak Bluffs, Coralee LaRue from Tisbury, and Coltrane Leport from West Tisbury. Savanna Aiello represents the home school community.

Jean Holenko of the Oak Bluffs School is the Bee coordinator. Times copy editor and proofreader Whit Griswold is the pronouncer. Judges are James Weiss, superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, and Times reporter Janet Hefler.

Friday’s winner, sponsored by The Times, which underwrites the cost, will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The event will be held during Bee Week, May 27 through June 1, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., along the shores of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. Semifinals and championship finals take place on May 31.