SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Scarsdale Middle School's sixth-graders participated recently in a spelling bee.
Sixty-two students took part in the preliminary rounds before 30 semi-finalists were divided into five "swarms."
Each swarm, or team, heard and spelled dozens of words on a white board. Every student had 15 seconds to write their word on a white board and present it to the judges.
Words included environmental, abacus, matriarch, formidable, claustrophobia, perennial and porpoise.
Jayho So won first prize, while Jeremy Lin and Alex Horvath received second and third place, respectively.
The top three winners took home trophies, while Jayho also received the electronic game Catchphrase.
All semi-finalists received Starburst candies.
Seventh-grade technology education teacher Steve Rambone and Cooper math teacher Antoinette Nista organized the bee.