Aggrandizement, hazmat, cajolery, circuitous?

Walnut Grove fourth grader aces spelling bee, moving on to regional competition

Aggrandizement, hazmat, cajolery and circuitous are probably not words in most people's daily lexicon, but they were a breeze for some 30 students tasked with the Walnut Grove Spelling Bee, held last Wednesday in the elementary school's multipurpose room.

Jonathan Pearce, a student in Mrs. Nix's fourth grade class, was named the champion of the bee in the 13th round. It was an impressive feat as so many of the students continued to spell challenging words such as psychoanalysis correctly, forcing the judges to turn to extra words in the hunt for a winner.

Angelina Padua, a student in Mrs. Sharp's third grade class, was named the runner-up. Students competing were in third through fifth grades and the words were from third to nine grade levels.

The Walnut Grove Spelling Bee returned this year after taking a hiatus for the past few years. Pearce will go on to compete in the regional bee, sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle and part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Feb. 20.

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Posted by Charlie and Muriel Kahsen
a resident of another community
on Jan 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm

To Jonathan Pearce;
Congratulations on winning the spelling bee!!
Great Job!!! Pleasanton is proud of you.
Good luck in the regional spelling bee on February 20 in San Francisco.

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