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CBK’s Sadie Leary Advances to National Spelling Bee

Sadie Leary wins 1st place in regional spelling bee Cedarbrook eighth grader Sadie Leary won the 25th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at West Philadelphia’s School of the Future on Saturday, spelling “p-o-l-t-e-r-g-e-i-s-t” and “p-r-e-c-i-p-i-c-e” in the final two rounds to take the title. Along the way, Leary, whose favorite word is “boggle,” spelled “magnanimous,” “precocious,” “entourage,” “cedilla,” “prodigal” and “asterisk.” She ran into trouble with “triumvirate,” but took her time and spelled it correctly.

With the victory, Leary won a trophy, laptop and one-year subscriptions to Britannica Online and Merriam Webster Unabridged Online, and cemented her spot at the 92nd National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Sunday through Thursday, May 26-30.

“It’s a pretty crazy experience,” she said to the Philadelphia Tribute. “I am excited for the national spelling bee.”

Leary has been competing in spelling bees since she was 9-years-old and had been practicing for this bee for months using a Quizlet, into which she plugged 1,155 words to help study.

The spelling bee is the nation’s leading youth academic event that aims to promote literacy and language skills among children, all while letting them have fun. Public, private, parochial, charter, virtual and home school students in grades fifth through eighth, from all across the Philadelphia region, participated.

The regional competition featured 24 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Competing students came from schools such as Philadelphia Academy Charter, C.C.A. Baldi Middle School, AMY Northwest Middle School, Grover Cleveland Mastery Charter School, and G.W. Childs Elementary School.