Finley Middle School seventh-grader Sam Seery participated in the Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 12.
Seery was crowned winner of the school’s annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 20, after going head-to-head with seven other students in grades 6-8. She and the other competitors were selected to take part in the schoolwide Spelling Bee after being named winners of their individual class contests.
Seery was one of 133 students islandwide to take the written exam portion of the Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Feb. 5. Forty-eight students, including Seery, qualified for the Feb. 12 spelldown at Hofstra University.
“It was nerve-wracking,” Seery said of the competition. “There were a lot of people there.”
Unfortunately, Seery was eliminated in the second round after spelling “schnauzer” incorrectly, but she said the experience was a great one and looks forward to possibly competing next year.
“I love spelling bees,” she said. “They’re a lot of fun for me. I like the exhilaration of standing in front of a large audience and having to spell a word.”