A second-grade student won the St. Theresa School spelling bee.
The annual event held Nov. 20 included 16 students from grades two to eight. The hourlong competition attracted a crowd of parents, teachers and judges.
Keaupuni Miyake, second-grader and son of Brian and Elle Miyake, spelled every word correctly through 15 rounds. His parents said that he was “very nervous” before the spelling bee, but he practiced hard, maintained his composure and earned the title of St. Theresa Spelling Champion. Keaupuni is looking forward to getting to the 4th grade and being eligible for the district bee.
Matthew Taeza, grade five, son of Matt and Lani Taeza, was first-runner up and will represent St.Theresa School at the Kauai District Spelling Bee on Jan. 15. Eighth-grader Jacob Haviland-Olores, son of Kanani Maeda, earned second-runner up and will join Taeza at the district bee. This is the second year that Haviland-Olores has qualified for the district bee.
All finalists are avid readers and are successful in the Accelerated Reader Program. St. Theresa School has 100 percent student participation in the program.