On February 6, Community Consolidated School District 181 held its 6th Annual District Spelling Bee. The participants included the top two finishers from Clarendon Hills Middle School, Hinsdale Middle School and Prospect School. Each of the three schools held individual spelling bee events to determine those who would compete at the District level. Those top finishers included: Lia Fawley, 4th Grade (Prospect), Nick Lynch, 5th Grade (Prospect), Daniel Piniero, 7th Grade (HMS), Finn Voorhees, 8th Grade (HMS), Adam Tweardy, 7th Grade (CHMS), and Joey Kolnicki, 6th Grade (CHMS).
The words students were asked to spell included: angelic, safari, stoic, windily, nether, admiral, pretzel, grabble, barrow, fathom, knapsack, ductile, quiver and tithe. At the conclusion, Lynch was the top finalist and Fawley finished second; both represented the District at the County Bee on February 20.
CHMS Language Arts teacher Marie Bond coordinated the event, with assistance from colleagues Vivian Beach, Cheryl Esparza, Jennifer McCredy and Danielle Scacco. Bond shared special thanks to retired teacher Nancy Grapenthien, who served as the word caller.