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Holy Name, St Francis de Sales students win diocesan spelling bee

January 5, 2013
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba and Manistique's St. Francis de Sales School students competed and won in the regional Diocesan Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee, held at Holy Name Catholic School in early December. Some of the final words were salubrious, pterodactyl, ecclesiastical, gerontology, and divestiture.

Along with students from Holy Name and St. Francis de Sales, students from St. Mary's Catholic School in Sault Ste. Marie and Father Marquette Catholic School in Marquette competed in the annual event.

Winner in the seventh and eighth-grade division is Rushil Kasetty with runner-up, Luke LaFave. Both are seventh-grade students at Holy Name.

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Pictured with the winners in the seventh and eighth-grade division in the Diocesan Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee are: above from left, official word pronouncer, Richard Burroughs; former Escanaba High School college prep. English teacher, Sue Kraft, official judge for the Spelling Bee; Knights of Columbus Membership Program Director, John Kraft; Luke LaFave, Holy Name seventh-grade runner-up; and division winner, Rushil Kasetty, also a Holy Name seventh-grader.

Fourth through sixth-grade division winner is Melanie Jones, St. Francis de Sales sixth grader, and runner up, Lisette LaFave, Holy Name fourth grader.

"The Diocesan Catholic schools would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their efforts in putting on the Spelling Bee each year," Diocesan Catholic Schools Marketing Coordinator Vicki LaFave said. "The Knights present a great example of our Catholic faith, and through the Spelling Bee, support our academic efforts as well."

All the winning students are invited to compete in the Knights of Columbus Michigan State Council Spelling Bee Finals in downstate Standish on March 23.

For more information on Holy Name, located at 409 So. 22nd Street, Escanaba, call the school office at 786-7550, or visit For information about St. Francis de Sales, located at 210 Lake Street, Manistique, call (906) 341-5512, or visit



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