Fifth Grade Spelling Bee Winner Announced
5th Grade OC Spelling Bee
By Barbara McCarthy
As some might remember, March 17th, 2012 will go down in the history books as one the rainiest, stormiest days of the season in Orange County. Not only did the foul weather put a damper on St. Patrick's Day festivities all over the Southland, but POC’s Jamboree event was moved entirely into Hangar 244 at the OC Great Park. The outdoor were events canceled, including POC’s 6th Annual Spelling Bee—or so it seemed. Luckily, Fairmont Private Schools, Anaheim Hills campus came to the rescue and allowed POC to move the spelling bee to April 27th into their warm, dry, state-of-the-art auditorium. What seemed like a disaster at first turned out to be huge success.
Forty-eight Spelling Bee contestants began filing into the auditorium of the Fairmont School's La Palma location by 6 o'clock, followed by approximately 160 supportive spectators. The spellers were 4th and 5th graders nominated by their teachers as excellent spellers from dozens of OC schools, from Yorba Linda's Heritage Oak Private School to Aliso Viejo’s Wood Canyon Elementary.
The Bee ended when 5th grader Dayne Tran, of Fairmont Private School, Mable campus, correctly spelled the 145th word—“mercurial”—in the 10th round. Tran won the trophy, a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency in Mission Bay, four tickets to the San Diego Zoo, and a week of summer camp at Camp James. Second place went to 5th grader Emaad Razzak, also of the Fairmont Mable campus, and third place was won by 5th grader Askann Mahjoob of McDowell Elementary, Laguna Niguel.
The winning moment of the Bee, however, was when the two friends, Dayne Tran and Emaad Razzak, continued to high-five even after learning they were each other’s competition in the spell-off for the title of champion. Congratulations to Tran, his teacher and his family.