Resolution J5803-2013

Recognizing Syracuse Spelling Bee Champion Alaina Kenny for advancing to the semifinal round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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  • Jun 12, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jun 12, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 10, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION congratulating Syracuse Spelling Champion Alaina
Kenny for advancing to the Semifinal Round of the 2014 Scripps  National
Spelling Bee

WHEREAS,  It  is  the intent of this Legislative Body to recognize those
young people within our midst who, by achieving outstanding  success  in
educational competition, have inspired and brought pride to their commu-
nity and the entire State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  congratu-
late  Alaina Kenny upon the occasion of her advancement to the Semifinal
Round of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, held May  28-29,  2014,
at Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor in Maryland; and
  WHEREAS, Alaina Kenny, a bright and talented 13-year-old eighth grader
at  Onondaga Hill Middle School, won THE POST-STANDARD/WCNY Spelling Bee
in February, allowing her to represent the Syracuse  area  in  the  2014
Scripps  National Spelling Bee; it was her fourth year of competition in
the regional spelling bee, and she was among  281  winners  of  regional
spelling bees to compete at the national event; and
  WHEREAS,  Out  of the original field of 281 spellers, Alaina Kenny was
among just 46 spellers to advance to the Semifinal Round of the  Scripps
National    Spelling   Bee,   becoming   the   first   winner   of   THE
POST-STANDARD/WCNY Spelling Bee to go that far in the competition  since
2006; and
  WHEREAS,  Alaina  Kenny  correctly spelled "organzine" and "funori" in
the two semifinal rounds to give her a  perfect  record  of  four  words
spelled  correctly  on  stage  during the 2014 Scripps National Spelling
Bee; and
  WHEREAS, The 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee was broadcast  nation-
wide on ESPN, and welcomed spellers from around the nation, and even the
world;  the  spellers  ranged  in  age from 8-14 years old, and all were
vying for the esteemed title of champion; and
  WHEREAS, Throughout the 2014 Scripps  National  Spelling  Bee,  Alaina
Kenny  was  supported  by  her proud parents, Patrick and Maria, and her
brother, Brian, as well as her community back home; and
  WHEREAS, Alaina Kenny, in achieving this outstanding success, may take
just pride in the inspiration and contribution to the spirit  of  excel-
lence she brings to her family, friends, school, and region; and
  WHEREAS,  Poised  with enthusiasm and determined purpose, Alaina Kenny
now stands honorably in eager anticipation of future challenges,  under-
standing  and appreciating the importance of hard work, focus and disci-
pline; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to her spelling achievements, Alaina Kenny  is  a
talented  student  athlete, who has earned four varsity letters in track
and field events and logged more than 1,200 miles of running during  the
2013-14  school  year;  she also plays the flute in her school's concert
band, piano in her school's jazz ensemble, and reads various  books  and
novels in her free time; now, therefore be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
recognize Alaina Kenny upon the occasion of her advancement to the Semi-
final Round of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alaina Kenny.

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