MANCHESTER, NH – For the first time in three years, students and parents were able to be together in-person for the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminary competition.
This school-level event was the first step on the way to the state spelling bee and then finally on March 25, 2023, to Washington DC, for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“With 800 students at Hillside, the 23 finalists should be proud of their achievement,” said Hillside guidance counselor Virginia Provost to the assembled group. The students, with family guests in attendance, met on January 17 in the library to determine the top three spellers who will compete in the State of New Hampshire Spelling Bee.
While New Hampshire has participated for 65 years, this is the first year Hillside staff created plaques for the top three finishers.
Hillside staff members Sarah Mates, Viginia Provost and Kimberly Landies went all out to insure the participants each went home with a special gift bag, a certificate and pride in their accomplishment.
The top three spellers at Hillside were:
- 1st place winner Talia Harmon
- 2nd place winner Julia Cullity
- 3rd place winner Thalia Prodanis