Martha’s Vineyard Regional Spelling Bee competition Friday


Six top spellers from the five Island elementary schools and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will compete Friday, March 14, in the Vineyard’s Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

The Bee starts at 9:30 am in the Performing Art Center at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The public is welcome.

The Island spellers are: Keith Chatinover from the Charter School, Fynn Monahan from

Chilmark, Spencer Pogue from Edgartown, Makenzie Luce from Oak Bluffs, Chloe Combra from Tisbury, and Zephy Thompson from West Tisbury.

Jean Holenko of the Oak Bluffs School is the Bee coordinator. Times publisher Peter Oberfest is the pronouncer. Judges are James Weiss, superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, and Times writer 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 25–31, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. Semifinals and championship finals take place on May 29.