Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It Would Have Been 'Gauche' to Win

Photo Courtesy of John Armato

Abigail studying with her father Erich Richter
Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the Pottstown School District.

Pottstown Middle School eighth grader Abigail Richter was anything but “gauche” as she competed in the Times Herald Montgomery County Spelling Bee contest held at Norristown High School.

Abigail placed third falling in the eighth round of competition on the word “gauche.”

Along with being an honor student, Abigail is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Reading Olympics, soccer, and track teams. 

In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and writing. 

Abigail has attended Pottstown schools since kindergarten.

When asked about her experience at the spelling bee, Abby said, “I studied the week before for hours. I was not nervous until they made us sit quietly in our seats. I was actually shaking when it got down to the last five students and I knew I had made Pottstown proud.”

“Abigail is an excellent example of a student who has taken full advantage of the educational opportunities provided in the Pottstown School District. We are proud of her many accomplishments and are confident that they are forerunners to greater things in the future,” said eighth grade teacher Mary Ann Hill.

She correctly spelled powwow, mathematics, concerto, verboten, charpoy, calypso, hyperbole, and mesmerize.

"Abigail competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee all three of her years here. I'm so proud to see all of her hard work paying off!" said teacher Mrs. Kim Petro.

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