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Boise, ID -- 04/04/2014 -- The Boise School District hosted its annual Spelldown competition at the Edward L. Davis District Services Center, 8169 W. Victory Rd., Boise, March 21-April 2. BSD invited public, private and charter schools to select students in grades 4-6 to participate.


Results of the Spelldown show that the top three finishers in each grade level are students enrolled in Boise School District elementary schools.  


"We are so very proud of all the students who participated in this year's Spelldown," said Dr. Stephanie Youngerman, BSD Language Arts Supervisor. "We know that students who are strong spellers do well academically and are better prepared to take on the academic rigors of post-secondary education, including undergraduate and graduate work."


The following winners were presented with Barnes & Noble gift cards from the Idaho Statesman and a plaque at an awards ceremony held on April 3rd at the Boise School District Services Center:


6th grade:

Champion:  Kaleb Royter/Valley View  Elementary; Winning words:  candor, propinquity

1st Runner up:  Aaron Orenstein/Pierce Park Elementary; Winning word:  narcissus

2nd Runner up:  Ella Baker /Anser Charter School;  Winning word: curtail


5th grade:

Champion:  Neema Etoka/Pierce Park Elementary; Winning words:  dilapidated, adagio

1st runner up:  James Lamkin/Hidden Springs Elementary; Winning word-portcullis

2nd runner up:  Alyannah Daguro/Trail Wind Elementary;  Winning word:  manslaughter


4th grade:

Champion:  Frannie Kocemba/Longfellow Elementary; Winning words:  sinew, ambrosia

1st runner up:  Xiola Bagwell/St. Mary's Catholic School; Winning word: zucchini

2nd runner up:  Bella Guerra/Whitney Elementary;  Winning word:  protagonist, marinate


A group photo from that awards ceremony follows. Click here to view individual award photos.  



Pictured left to right, front row:   Bella Guerra, Whitney Elementary, grade 4, 2nd Runner-Up; Xiola Bagwell, St. Mary's, grade 4, 1st Runner-Up; Frannie Kocemba, Longfellow, grade 4, Champion; Dr. Stephanie Youngerman,  Language Arts Supervisor, Boise School District; second row: Alyannah Daguro, Trail Wind, grade 5, 2nd Runner-Up; James Lamkin, Hidden Springs, grade 5, 1st Runner-Up; Neema Etoka, Pierce Park, grade 5, Champion; Binna Jensen, Events & Promotion Manager, The Idaho Statesman; back row:  Ella Baker, Anser Charter, grade 6, 2nd Runner-Up; Aaron Orenstein, Pierce Park, grade 6, 1st Runner-Up; Kaleb Royter, Valley View, grade 6, Champion; and Dr. Don Coberly, Superintendent, Boise School District. 


News Media Contact:


Dan Hollar

Public Affairs Administrator

Boise School District  

(208) 854-4064    


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