Oak Middle School holds spelling bee


Oak Middle School holds spelling bee
Contestants await their turn. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

SHREWSBURY – Twelve participants entered – only one spelled his way to victory.

On Dec. 15, family and friends gathered for the fourth annual Oak Middle School Spelling Bee. The event was sponsored by the Shrewsbury Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and School Committee Chair Sandra Fryc helped judge the competition.

After two hours – and 25 rounds – of spelling, seventh-grade student Arpith Mishra emerged victorious. Mishra successfully spelled “blitzkrieg” – an intense military campaign intended to bring about a swift victory – to secure the win.

Mishra also correctly spelled “punctilio,” “glockenspiel,” “camouflage,” “opossum” and “gestalt” en route to victory. After spelling the final word, Mishra couldn’t help but smile and look toward his proud parents in the audience.

Oak Middle School holds spelling bee
Arpith Mishra wins the competition. (Photo/Evan Walsh)

Sherwood spelling bee

Sherwood Middle School also held a spelling bee, which was also sponsored by the PTO.

Zuhaib Syed, a sixth-grade student, won the competition, placing top two in the Sherwood Spelling Bee for the second straight year.

Syed spelled “rasgado,” which is the “arpeggio effect produced by sweeping the strings with the thumb in guitar playing,” to win.

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