The Brookline Education Foundation’s annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee was a huge and exciting success resulting in one shocked and exuberant winner and three students tied as first runners-up. 50 fifth graders from throughout the Public Schools of Brookline district gathered in the Brookline High School auditorium on Sunday, November 13th for the traditional spelling bee. Georgiana Green of the Runkle school won by being the only student out of the final round of four to correctly spell her word which was “capricious.” The three runners-up were Eliza Mnookin of Ridley, Evelyn Kmeic of Heath and Milonee Mukesh of Lincoln. The 5th Grade Spelling Bee is a traditional but unique opportunity for older elementary students to practice public speaking and compete against peers at a district level. This was the (25th) annual BEF Spelling Bee which is a community building event sponsored by the BEF. Since 1981 the BEF has raised private funds to support innovative teaching, administrative leadership, professional development, and community participation in Brookline’s schools. Thank you to Pronouncer Brookline Librarian Caroline Richardson, Head Judge Dr. Linus Guillory and Assistant Judges Sergeant Casey Hatchett, Officer Katie McCabe and Officer Bear.