Selectmen Jim Nye and Judy Jacobi assisted Village School fifth-grader Daniel Rosenberg’s classmates last week in giving the regional winner a rousing sendoff as he headed off to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Jacobi asked Rosenberg to spell the word "proud," adding, ‘Well, that is exactly how Marblehead feels."
The preliminary round of the National Bee, in which Rosenberg faced a 25-word written exam, followed by a one-word on-stage challenge, was held Wednesday morning. Rosenberg correctly spelled his word, ‘obedient,’ in the oral portion. Alas, his written-test score did not qualify him for the next round.
Rosenberg was one of the youngest competitors, as students are eligible through their eighth-grade year.
The progress of the event can be tracked in ‘real time’ on the National Spelling Bee’s Web site, www.spellingbee.com.
ESPN televised the semifinals of the competition from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, and ABC planned to broadcast the finals in prime time, beginning at 8 p.m.