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Eighth Grader Takes Second at Regional Spelling Bee

As a second-grader, Middle School Spelling Bee champion Adam Albirini ’26 took first place in a surprise class bee after successfully spelling “electricity.” That was when an elated Albirini discovered he was a good speller and that spelling was fun. 

Fast-forward to Middle School: Albirini still loves spelling and the thrill of victory. Since the fifth grade, Albirini has competed in and won all but one Middle School Spelling Bee; he was absent on the day of his seventh-grade bee. Every year, school champions advance to district competition in hopes of qualifying for the county and regional bees. Advancing to the Thunder Regional Spelling Bee each year, Albirini represented Heritage Hall well with fifth, sixth, and second-place finishes.

Sponsored in part by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Regional Spelling Bee was held at the Paycom Center on March 29. In June, winners from the Thunder and Tulsa regionals will represent Oklahoma on the national stage at the Scripps Bee in Washington, D.C. 

Although Albirini’s quest to be crowned champ fell short after being tripped up by the word “brininess,” he was happy with the overall experience. “I put a lot into this year because of missing last year’s competitions and knowing that this year would be my last chance to compete. So while I would have preferred to win, after 18 rounds, six of which were between only the eventual winner and me, I was happy to have remained in the competition for that long. It felt really good to hold up that runner-up trophy,” Albirini said.

In preparation for the spelling bees, Albirini spent two hours a day studying from Words of the Champions, a list of 4,000 words that serves as the official study resource for the national bee. It was time well spent.

“I’m definitely smarter,” stated Albirini. “Over the past four years, I have gained a lot of knowledge, confidence, competitive experience, and study skills. These are all tools that will help me in the future,” Albirini concluded.

Because of his super-speller status, Albirini joked that people are always asking him how to spell words. Albirini noted he will continue honing his spelling skills by helping others and increasing his vocabulary through books. An avid reader, Albirini’s favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by his favorite author Roald Dahl.
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Heritage Hall is a co-educational college preparatory school in Oklahoma City. As one of the few secular private schools in the state, we offer a challenging academic curriculum for students from preschool through grade 12, as well as unique leadership opportunities, a wide spectrum of athletics, and a well developed fine arts program.