St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School, a Lumen Christi School, recently held its annual spelling bee to determine who would represent the school at the 2014, 81st Regional Spelling Bee on March 15. The school has a junior (first through third grade) and senior (fourth through eighth grade) division. Father Gregory Fedor of St. Joseph Parish in Austintown was the pronouncer with first-, sixth- and eighth-grade teachers Katie Phillips, Caroline Mulhall and Lisa DiTomasso, respectively, as judges.
Participants in the Junior Division along with their respective grades were: first-graders Madeline Moliterno and Xander Tingler; second-graders Lucas Andino and Mateo Santiago; and third-graders Olivia Puhallo and Nathan Saxton. Saxton was the Junior Division champ and Puhallo was runner-up.
Participants in the Senior Division were: fourth-graders Cadence Pounds and Peter Wolfe; fifth-graders Jacob Shumaker and Ryan Tringhese; sixth-graders Riley Burke and Julian Johnson; seventh-graders Caleb Bucci and Leo Puhallo; and eighth-graders Daniel McCarthy and Eric Shumaker. Pounds took the Senior Division championship and McCarthy was runner-up.
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St. Joseph Immanculate Heart of Mary fourth-grader Cadence Pounds, was the school's Senior Division champion in the 2014 spelling bee. She will represent the school at the March 15 regional spelling bee.
The Senior Division final consisted of several rounds between the two finalists as one or the other would misspell a word. The final two correctly spelled words by fourth-grader Cadence Pounds were ''manufacture'' and ''freight.''