Congratulations to the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion

Congratulations to Christianne Abella

Konawaena Middle School
Grade: 8

Photo Credit: David Croxford

After 19 rounds of grueling competition, Christianne Abella, an eighth- grader from Konawaena Middle School took this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee crown. Christianne and her chaperone will receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in May.

This is the second time in three years that the winner of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee has been a Konawaena Middle School student. Christianne is also the first girl to win the state bee in four years, spelling the word “plangency” correctly to win the top prize.

“Each year we are amazed by the knowledge and skill of the spelling bee contestants,” said Susan Eichor, president of aio. “On behalf of the aio family of companies and our community partners, we applaud each student for their hard work and dedication, and everyone who helped make this competition a success. We’d like congratulate Christianne on becoming this year’s aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion and wish her the best of luck at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.”

Christianne also received a perpetual trophy to display at Konawaena Middle School, a Hawaii State Champion Trophy, an unabridged Webster’s International Dictionary, a 2014 United States Mint Proof Set and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Online. In addition, all spelling bee finalists received a SWAG (“Spelling Winners Are Great!”) bag, filled with goodies from generous community sponsors. This is the fourth year that the competition has been coordinated by aio Foundation, with support from its community partners.

This year, a total of 92 schools participated in seven district bees across the state (Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Oahu, Windward Oahu, Big Island, Maui County, and Kauai). The top two spellers in each district (14 total) advanced to the final competition, which aired live on PBS Hawaii. Participants were from grades 4 through 8. The spelling bee will re-air on PBS Hawaii on Saturday, March 29 at 1pm.

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Congratulations to the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Finalists

Ameera Waterford

School:

Emmanuel Lutheran School

Grade: 6

Christianne Abella

School:

Konawaena Middle School

Grade: 8

Reanne Inafuku

School:

Hawaii Baptist Academy

Grade: 7

Fred Adella

School:

Waimea Canyon Middle School

Grade: 6

Katherine Hui

School:

Iolani School

Grade: 8

Susan Hasegawa

School:

Iolani School

Grade: 8

Leila Nelson

School:

Kapaa Middle School

Grade: 7

Hope Kudo

School:

Kealakehe Intermediate School

Grade: 8

John Griffin

School:

Our Savior Lutheran School

Grade: 6

Amalie Yach

School:

Holy Family Catholic Academy

Grade: 8

Alisha Maake

School:

Iroquois Point Elementary School

Grade: 5

Paul Yamane

School:

Kamalii Elementary School

Grade: 4

Nick Sarji

School:

Aikahi Elementary School

Grade: 5

Kelly Brown

School:

Ewa Makai Middle School

Grade: 8

Watch Live!

2014 Scripps National
Spelling Bee

Please root for Christianne at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held May 27-29, 2014, and will air live on ESPN.


aio Foundation is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide programs, which build health, education and welfare amongst Hawaii's children and to provide inspiration for adults and children to become responsible for themselves.

In addition to the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee, aio Foundation's other educational programs include The Young Messengers of Hawaii (Na Elele Opio Ko Hawaii Nei) Contest.

Special thanks to the Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

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Participating Schools for 2014

Big Island (11)

Connections Public Charter School
Ha’aheo Elem School
Haili Christian School
Hawaii Academy of Arts & Sciences CS
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Hilo Inter School
Honokaa Interim High School
Kealakehe Inter School
Kohala Elem School
Kona Christian Academy
Konawaena Middle School

Central Oahu (14)

Aiea Intermediate School
Aliamanu Middle School
Hanalani Elem School
Hanalani Upper School
Holy Family Catholic Academy
Major Sheldon Wheeler Middle School
Mililani Middle School
Moanalua Middle School
Our Savior Lutheran School
Saint Michael School
Sgt Samuel Solomon Elem School
Trinity Lutheran School
Wahiawa Middle School
Waimalu Elem School

Honolulu (17)

Damien Memorial School
Holy Nativity School
Iolani School
Jefferson Elem School
Kalakaua Middle School
Koko Head Elem School
Lutheran High School
Pauoa Elem School
Queen Ka’ahumanu Elem School
Sacred Hearts Academy
Saint Anthony School (Puuhale Rd.)
Saint Francis School
Saint Louis School
Saint Patrick School
Saint Theresa School
Star of the Sea Elem School
Washington Middle School

Kauai (8)

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School
Hanalei Elem School
Island School
Kapaa Middle School
Kilauea Elem School
St. Theresa School
Waimea Canyon Middle School
Wilcox Elem School

Leeward Oahu (14)

August Ahrens Elem School
Ewa Beach Elem School
Ewa Makai Middle School
Hawaii Technology Academy
Highlands Inter School
Iroquois Point Elem School
Kamaile Academy
Keoneula Elem School
Lanakila Baptist High School
Maili Bible School
Makakilo Elem School
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Waianae Inter School
Waipahu Inter School

Maui (18)

Akaula School Doris Todd Memorial Christian School
Emmanuel Lutheran School
Iao Inter School
Kahului Elem School
Kamalii Elem School
Kaunakakai Elem School
Kualapuu Elem School
Lahaina Inter School
Lokelani Inter School
Maui-Waena Inter School
Molokai Inter School
Montessori School - Maui
Princess Nahienaena Elem School
Pu’u Kukui Elem School
Sacred Hearts School
Saint Anthony Junior Senior High School
Samuel Enoka Kalama Inter School

Windward Oahu (10)

Aikahi Elementary School
Hawaii Baptist Academy
Hongwanji Mission School
Lanikai Elem School
Le Jardin Academy
Soto Academy
Saint Ann’s Model School
Saint Anthony School (Makawao St.)
Saint John Vianney Parish School
Saint Mark Lutheran School