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Fifth-grader achieves spelling victory with 'noxious'

At Sandy Grade's school-wide spelling bee, 27 competed, one to advance

One smart fifth-grader from Sandy Grade School is moving on to the area's regional spelling bee at Portland’s Hollywood Theater.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Sandy Grade held a school-wide Scripp’s Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Oregon Trail School District’s talented and gifted program.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Runner up Isabella Roberts successfully spells a word given to her by spelling bee host Kasshawna Knoll.

In addition to the 24 Sandy Grade students that qualified to stand in front of fellow students, teachers and parents to show their spelling abilities, two students from Firwood Elementary, Justin Pace and Amaya Peralta, and one from Kelso Elementary, MaKayla Bogle, also competed.

In the end, Parker Sharman, a fifth-grade student at Sandy Grade, took home the gold. His winning word was “noxious.”

Parker not only went home with a ribbon and a trophy, he will be continuing on to the regional spelling bee in Portland on Saturday, March 7.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Principal Rachael George, Parker Sharman, fifth-grade, who finished first in the spelling bee and Isabella Roberts, also fifth-grade.

Fellow fifth-grader Isabella Roberts took second place in the school competition. Should Parker be unable to compete in the regional spelling bee, Isabella will take his place.

Sandy Grade Principal Rachael George said that both Parker and Isabella worked really hard in preparing for the competition, doing things like quizzing each other and other competitors as well as doing vocabulary activities online.