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Myers student wins second Spelling Bee in three years

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 17, 2017) – For the second time in three years, Graham Gordon of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School has won the City School District of Albany Spelling Bee. (Gordon, left, is pictured with second-place winner Isaac Allen.)

Competing alongside the top spellers from elementary and middle schools across the district, Gordon spelled his way to victory in the final round with “conjecture” on the morning of Friday Jan. 13.

Currently an eighth-grader at Myers Middle School, Gordon had also won the Spelling Bee during the 2014-15 school year. He attributes his most recent win to an interest in literature and a sharp memory that allows him to recall words from things he has read in the past.

Along with runners-up Isaac Allen of Montessori Magnet School and Ingrid Colafati of William S. Hackett Middle School, Gordon will now advance to the 34th Annual Capital District Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady.

Congratulations to Gordon, Allen, Colafati and all the talented students who competed in this year’s Spelling Bee.

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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