Top Speller Repeats National Performance

Top Speller Repeats National Performance photo
P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grader Ryan Himmelsbach has qualified to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the second consecutive year after correctly spelling the word “teleost.” 

“I am really excited about returning to the national bee,” Ryan said. “Since last year I have been practicing and studying words, their origins and definitions in the hope of improving and advancing further than last time.” 

“Paul J. Gelinas JHS is very proud of Ryan,” English Department Chairperson Joanna Cadolino said. “It is quite an accomplishment to win the regional spelling bee two years in a row, and Ryan now marks our fourth regional winner that will go on to compete in the national competition. As a school we look forward to supporting Ryan throughout his journey to the national competition.” 

Gelinas will have the Scripps National Spelling Bee streaming live from ESPN in the school when Ryan competes this May.