The fourth annual Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School Feb. 2, saw last year’s third place finisher, Ella Banchieri, take the honor as the Island’s top speller for 2019. She and second-place finisher Elena Morishige dueled through spelling increasingly difficult words. The words in the final showdown included: phenomenon, complexion, propinquity, ricochet, tumultuous, surveillance, aggregation (which both spellers misspelled), catastrophe, circumference, dementia and finally, scrumptious.
Construction on a new twostory building at Otis Elementary School began last month. The building is designed to hold six classrooms with three classrooms on each floor.
Architectural design company Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, a Santa Rosa company, developed the blueprint designs for the project. The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education approved the project last September.