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Palm Beach County Youth Services Department Holds Eighth Annual Super Summer Spelling Bee

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Palm Beach County Youth Services Department Holds Eighth Annual Super Summer Spelling Bee




​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 PlacePatrick RobinsonPreparing Tomorrow's Leaders Today
2nd PlaceDavid RamirezCity of Greenacres
3rd PlaceJaylene SilberbergBoys & Girls Clubs
3rd – 5th  
1st PlaceLeonardo RathmannBoys & Girls Clubs
2nd PlaceJade McCoyDestiny Fulfilled
3rd PlaceJulia MartinezVillage of Palm Springs
6th – 8th
1st PlaceJemuel “JJ" AugustinBethel Evangelical Church
2nd PlaceLauro PerezBoys & Girls Clubs
3rd PlaceBryniah GloverActs of Kindness
9th – 12th
1st PlaceRickey NoelBethel Evangelical Church
2nd PlaceDelena JohnsonThe Quest
3rd Place
Emmariah JeanBoys & Girls Clubs