JP 10-Year-Old Places Third in City Spelling Bee

From left: Christopher Byner, interim director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families; Emily Sun, 12, of West Roxbury; Christy Jeston, 13, West Roxbury and Isabella Baez-Giangreco, 10, Jamaica Plain.

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From left: Christopher Byner, interim director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families; Emily Sun, 12, of West Roxbury; Christy Jeston, 13, West Roxbury and Isabella Baez-Giangreco, 10, Jamaica Plain.

Isabella Baez-Giangreco, a 10-year-old JP resident who goes to the Manning School, took third place in the Boston Center for Youth and Families City-wide Spelling Bee on Saturday.

She was the youngest of the top three finishers, as two spellers from West Roxbury — 13-year-old Christy Jeston and 12-year-old Emily Sun — took first and second place respectively.

Jeston’s winning word was “schottische.” He told the Herald his study of word origins paid off.

“I was pretty confident, actually,” Jeston told the Herald. “Often with words that sound the same, it’s easier to differentiate if you know the language of origin.”

Jeston, who won the city’s bee for the second year in a row, moves on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Baez-Giangreco took home a Kindle and Barnes & Noble gift certificate.