PLAINFIELD, NJ - Students from Plainfield Public Elementary Schools won the Tri-School Spelling Bee on this week. Brittany Lubintus and Danny Ayala, fourth graders at Woodland Elementary School, tied for first place. Jocelyn Pico, a fifth grader at Woodland, took second place and Joriah Williams, a fifth grader at Frederic W. Cook School, was third.
The competition lasted an hour with over 100 hundred words spelled.
“The children were fast,” said Cook School Principal Dr. Caryn Cooper. “This year the spelling bee went fast because the children were spelling as fast as they could, this was all them.”
Jocelyn Pico said she felt "amazing" after winning third place in the competition.
Over 100 fourth and fifth graders competed in their own schools' spelling bees and then met at the final Tri-School Spelling Bee held at Frederic W. Cook School on Tuesday evening.
The two determined spellers, Brittany and Danny, went back and forth until the judges declared a tie.
The students all received back pack with books, pencils, and coloring pencils.