Palm Beach County Youth Services Department hosted its Eighth Annual Super Summer Spelling Bee on July 14. The competition was held virtually, with 172 campers from 33 Summer Camp Scholarship Program sites participating.
The spelling bee is for students enrolled in the Summer Camp Scholarship Program's participating camps and provides academic activities to encourage the spirit of learning while preventing summer slide. Using Kahoot!, a virtual learning-based platform, campers' spelling skills were tested in a fun and interactive way, allowing spellers to compete with campers throughout the county.
“The Super Summer Spelling Bee provides an exciting opportunity for our camps to participate in a county-wide activity together and win prizes. The competitive spirit is high and it encourages campers to prepare and practice their spelling words in the weeks leading up to the big event," said Valerie Messineo, Palm Beach County Youth Services Department senior program specialist. “We love this event because it allows camps to integrate education in a fun way helps while supporting our campers academically."
Among the winners were campers from Bethel Evangelical Church, City of Greenacres, Digital Vibez, Boys & Girls Clubs, Village of Palm Springs, Acts of Kindness, Destiny Fulfilled, The Quest, and Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today summer camps.
Participating agencies include the County Attorney's Office, City of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Library System, Palm Beach County Public Affairs, Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, Prime Time Palm Beach County, Friends of Youth Services and Palm Beach County, Inc., and Florida Power & Light.
Spelling Bee Winners:
K – 2nd |||||
|1st Place||Patrick Robinson||Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today|
|2nd Place||David Ramirez||City of Greenacres|
|3rd Place||Jaylene Silberberg||Boys & Girls Clubs|
3rd – 5th|| || |
|1st Place||Leonardo Rathmann||Boys & Girls Clubs|
|2nd Place||Jade McCoy||Destiny Fulfilled|
|3rd Place||Julia Martinez||Village of Palm Springs|
6th – 8th|||||
|1st Place||Jemuel “JJ" Augustin||Bethel Evangelical Church|
|2nd Place||Lauro Perez||Boys & Girls Clubs|
|3rd Place||Bryniah Glover||Acts of Kindness|
9th – 12th|||||
|1st Place||Rickey Noel||Bethel Evangelical Church|
|2nd Place||Delena Johnson||The Quest|
|3rd Place||Emmariah Jean||Boys & Girls Clubs|