The 2012/2013 Great 2nd Grade Spelling Contest ended at the Wallenpaupack North Primary School with a classic championship match. The showdown, between Mrs. Mary Schmalzle's Scalawags and Mrs. Patti McDonald's Monarchs, ended in a tie and had to be decided with a sudden victory, one word spell off.
The Monarchs prevailed by a second, spelling superhero just before the Scalawags did. Each class chose their most valuable teammate with Anthony Martucci from the Monarchs and Vincent DeSanti from the Scalawags.
This competition is unique as it is a class, not individual, competition. Sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation are recognized and rewarded and the reverse is penalized.