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Big Island Student Wins 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee… “P-L-A-N-G-E-N-C-Y””

Christianne Abella, an eighth grader at Konawaena Middle School on Hawaii Island, emerged as the 2014 champion of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee at PBS Hawaii Saturday night.

Christianne Abella

Christianne Abella

Christianne will represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-31. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.

Christianne’s winning word was “plangency” – the quality of a loud, resounding sound.

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Runner-up Hope Kudo, another eighth grader from Hawaii Island, represented Kealakehe Intermediate School. She and Christianne were this year’s Hawaii Island co-champions.

The other 12 contestants were:

  1. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6 – Kauai
  2. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8 – Leeward Oahu
  3. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Central Oahu
  4. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  5. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  6. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7 – Windward Oahu
  7. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5 – Leeward Oahu
  8. Leila Nelson of Kapaa Middle School, Grade 7 – Kauai
  9. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5 – Windward Oahu
  10. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Maui
  11. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8 – Central Oahu
  12. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4 – Maui

Two Big Island Students Competing in 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee

PBS Hawaii will air a live broadcast of the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox will host, and for the first time, Hawaii Literacy Executive Director Suzanne Skjold will be pronouncer.

Two students from the Big Island are representing the Island of Hawaii.

Hope Kudo

Hope Kudo

They are Hope Kudo from Kealakehe Intermediate and Christianne Abella from Konawaena Middle School.

Christina

Christianne Abella

These 14 student finalists representing Grades 4-8 will vie for the state championship:

  1. Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School, Grade 8
  2. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6
  3. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8
  4. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6
  5. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8
  6. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8
  7. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7
  8. Hope Kudo of Kealakehe Intermediate School, Grade 8
  9. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5
  10. Leila Nelson of Kaapa Middle School, Grade 7
  11. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5
  12. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6
  13. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8
  14. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4

The finalists’ families, friends and sponsors will watch the live broadcast inside a hospitality tent set up at the station’s parking lot. Throughout the evening, OC16’s Felipe Ojastro will provide spectator commentary from the tent.

The state champion will represent Hawaii at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 25 – 31 near Washington, D.C.