Cameron Hood, an 8th grader from Lake George Jr.-Sr. High won the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Regional Spelling Bee at Skidmore College.
Held on Wednesday, June 4, the 36th annual event attracted 23 spellers from area schools including Saratoga Springs, Queensbury, South Glens Falls, Ballston Spa and Galway.
Cameron Hood finished first by spelling the word elusive. Fraser Siwik-Simpson, a 6thgrader from Argyle Central School, came in second.
Cameron won four passes to Great Escape. His name will be placed on a plaque that will be on display at the Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Cameron right after his win. “I never thought I would get this far.”
His parents, Monica Moran and James Hood, were thrilled too, saying that watching the competition was “nerve-wracking” but they were feeling extremely proud.
Fraser won tickets to see the Philadelphia Orchestra performance of “Cirque de la Symphonie” at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
They also received a trophy, as did the third place winner, Joseph Buscema from Geyser Road Elementary School in Saratoga Springs.
Other top winners were 7th grader Natalie Zembsch of Galway Jr.-Sr. High School, 5thgrader Catherine Bergan of Caroline Street Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, and 6th grader Gabrielle Scheeren of the Joseph Henry Elementary School in Galway. Each of the top six was awarded gifts from Barnes and Noble Bookstore.
The competition is sponsored by the Enrichment Resource Center for Gifted Education of WSWHE BOCES and the Junior Chamber International Saratoga Springs.
Great Escape and SPAC donated the tickets while Barnes and Noble donated the gifts. The Junior Chamber International donated the trophies and the plaque.