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March 30, 2012 > Can you spell "ceremonious"?

Can you spell "ceremonious"?

By Suzanne Ortt, Photo courtesy of Bill Herbert

Eric Armstrong can and did. A fifth grader at Pioneer Elementary School in Union City, "ceremonious" was the word with which he won the Spelling Bee at Pioneer. The next step was the Written Bee competition at the Hall of Science, Berkeley. In this endeavor, Eric competed in the preliminary round with 250 other students, some in middle school. The result was that Eric qualified for the regional finals, one of 50 chosen.

On March 17, Eric faced off against the 49 others in the Regional Spelling Bee at Pier 39 in San Francisco. He competed successfully up to the fifth round where he stumbled over the word "fluctuant."

Eric said he was surprised and pleased about his two successes. He admitted that before the Regional event, he was very nervous.

Next year Eric moves on to Alvarado Middle School and probably will continue his participation with Spelling Bee competitions. Currently, his favorite subject is writing, which he does with Bill Herbert, his fifth-grade teacher.

Herbert says Eric is doing well in school. He describes him as a great kid.

Perhaps Eric's next Spelling Bee challenge word can be "lollapalooza"? That description appears to aptly suit him!

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