Catholic School Students Spell Their Way to Success in Diocesan Spelling Bee


The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown Spelling Bee was held at Lock Haven Catholic School on May 5th. The bee is open to 4th-6th graders in all Catholic schools in the diocese. Each school elects one speller through an oral or written competition, a report card grade, or another method chosen by the principal. This was the first spelling bee since 2019. The last two competitions were cancelled due to COVID. Eleven schools participated.

First Place – Hannah Blesh, 6th grade, Our Lady of Victory School, State CollegeSecond Place – Nathan Shawley, 6th grade, Lock Haven Catholic School, Lock HavenThird Place – Jacob Zawisza, 5th grade, St. Peter School, Somerset

Other Participants:Chloe Gaily, 6th grade, All Saints School, CressonMaria Kutsick, 5th grade, Divine Mercy Academy, JohnstownAnthony Lauer, 6th grade, Holy Name School, EbensburgTimothy Clossin, 5th grade, Holy Trinity School, AltoonaEvelyn Smithmyer, 5th grade, St. Benedict School, CarrolltownElizabeth Brezler, 5th grade, St. John the Evangelist School, BellefonteBrynn Miller, 5th grade, St. Nicholas School, NicktownLydia Krug, 5th grade, St. Patrick School Newry

[Photo (left to right): Hannah Blesh (1st place); Nathan Shawley (2nd place); Jacob Zawisza (3rd place)