February 24, 2004

35 RI students to vie for the statewide spelling bee title

Providence, RI -- Thirty-five (35) Rhode Island students, grades four through eight, will compete for the state spelling bee title and a berth in the national spelling bee at the annual Providence Journal Rhode Island Statewide Spelling Bee Competition, 10 a.m., Saturday, March 6th at the Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street, downtown Providence. The state competition is sponsored by The Providence Journal, community partner Cardi's Furniture, and in cooperation with the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.

MaryLou Palumbo, community programming manager of Cox Communications, will serve as the official pronouncer for the state bee.

The winner of the March 6th state competition will advance to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June. The winners trip to the nationals will be financed by The Providence Journal with roundtrip air transportation provided by Southwest Airlines.

Additionally, the state spelling bee winner will receive a $500 gift certificate, courtesy of Cardis Furniture. The runner-up receives a $300 Cardis gift certificate.

To qualify for the statewide competition, students had to advance through classroom, school, and regional level spelling bees. The state competition includes students from public, parochial, private, and home schools.

Attached is the list of statewide contestants with the schools they represent.


1.Maeve Brody Barrington MiddleSchool 6 Barrington
2.Hollie Silva Kickemuit Middle School 6 Bristol-Warren*
3.John Pacheco Steere Farm Elementary School 5 Burrillville
4.Margaux Charpentier Chariho Middle School 7 Chariho*
5.Christian Lynch Waterman School 4 Cranston
6.Donna D'Agustino Cumberland Middle School 7 Cumberland
7.Louis Atsaves Saint Cecilia School 8 Diocese of Providence I*
8.Victoria Flowers St. Paul School8 Diocese of Providence II*
9.Domenic Dion St. John the Baptist School 7 Diocese of Providence III*
10.Erin Brannigan Cole Junior High School 8 East Greenwich
11.Edmund Taylor Riverside Middle School 7 East Providence
12.Amy Cunningham Metcalf Elementary School 5 Exeter-West Greenwich*
13.Cecilia Donnelly Ponaganset Middle School 8 Foster-Glocester*
14.Jonathan Cohen The Wheeler School 5 Independent Private
15.Alexa FurtadoLawn Avenue School8Jamestown
16.Katherine BarnesFerri Middle School8Johnston
17.Brianna MartinLincoln Middle School7Lincoln
18.Santiago NoceraWilbur & McMahon Schools7Little Compton
19.Dawnthea PriceGaudet Middle School6Middletown
20.Lauren MathiasNarragansett Pier Middle School8Narragansett
21.Marlin BlansfieldBlock Island School8New Shoreham
22.Cody MelloCranston Calvert Elementary School5Newport
23.Mark KilclineWickford Middle School8North Kingstown
24.Matthew LeoBirchwood Middle School7North Providence
25.Kristen KoSlater Junior High School8Pawtucket
26.Sarah TaddeiPortsmouth Middle School7Portsmouth
27.Jennifer RamosRoger Williams Middle School8Providence
28.Coburn ChildsHome School8RI Guild of Home Teachers
29.Ben IannitelliGallagher Middle School8Smithfield
30.Will JohnsonCurtis Corner Middle School8South Kingstown
31.Michael AntonelliTiverton Middle School8Tiverton
32.Thomas EsmayWarwick Neck School4Warwick
33.Rosa NguyenGreenbush Elementary School5West Warwick
34.Katie HannahBabcock Middle School8Westerly
35.Kyle PlanteWoonsocket Middle School7Woonsocket

*Regional Districts

Not Participating: Central Falls, Coventry, North Smithfield and Scituate

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