Ayala and Musto applaud Bridgeport winner of statewide spelling bee

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Seventh grade student Abram Goda of Multicultural Magnet School was honored for winning the Hearst Media Services Regional Spelling Bee. He is shown here with state Sens. Andres Ayala and Anthony Musto, his sister, Natilie, and his parents.

The students in the band at Bridgeport’s Multicultural Magnet School put on a show recently to honor Abram Goda, their classmate and winner of the Hearst Media Services Regional Spelling Bee.

State Sens. Anthony Musto Andres Ayala attended the assembly to congratulate Abram and his family, and to deliver a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly applauding his victory.

“Abram is a shining example for his classmates and all students, proving that all goals are attainable if you study and work hard,” Ayala said. “Days like this make me incredibly proud of Bridgeport and all of our students. I am thrilled that Abram will be representing our city as he moves on to compete in D.C.”

Abram is one of 53 students from across Connecticut that enrolled in the spelling bee. The 12-year-old speller faced some steep competitors, including his 8-year-old sister, Natilie, who also made it quite far in the competition. In the sixth and final round of this year’s spelling bee, Abram correctly spelled the word “rubicelle” and was named the winner.

Abram and his family immigrated from Kuwait five years ago, and since then he has established himself as an exemplary student who excels in class, music and spelling. This was Abram’s fourth year in a row representing the Multicultural Magnet School in the statewide spelling bee, but his first year to take first place.

“It was touching to see the entire seventh grade at the Multicultural Magnet School come together to support Abram and applaud his victory,” Musto said. “Seeing the pride all these students took in Abram’s victory highlights what a close community there is at this school. Abram should be very proud of what he has accomplished, and his parents should be very proud of raising such a bright and talented young man.”

After hearing from all the guest speakers, Abram himself stood up to thank his classmates, his teachers, the senators, and most of all, his parents for supporting him along the way.

With the statewide competition behind him, Abram is now studying in preparation for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in Washington, D.C., in May, where he will compete against representatives from each of the 50 states.

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