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Rocky River student wins UCPS 2009 Spelling Bee

Thirty-seven students from 29 elementary schools and eight middle schools compete in the 2009 UCPS Spelling Bee held at Central Academy of Technology and Arts.

A fifth-grader from Rocky River Elementary School has taken the top speller title after correctly spelling the word “cynical.”
Jacob Corvington, 11, a fifth-grader at Rocky River Elementary, said his family’s support meant a lot and helped him win the competition.
“This is great. I’m very excited,” Corvington said after being awarded the first-placer trophy. “I didn’t expect to win. I didn’t think I would do as well as I did. Now, I will have to get ready for the regional competition. I’m going to buy a lot of books and review a lot. I will have to dedicate myself to preparing for it.”
Thirty-seven students from 29 elementary schools and eight middle schools competed at the Union County Public Schools 2009 Spelling Bee, held Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Central Academy of Technology and Arts.
Rocky River Elementary principal Scott Broome said he’s not surprised that Corvington won. “Jacob is a very fine young man who always tries his best. He studies all the time. He told me he didn’t think he had studied enough for the spelling bee, but he has proven that to be wrong. We’re very proud of him.”
Jacob’s mother, Kettely Corvington, was all smiles as she watched her son take the first-place trophy. “Jacob is such a hard worker,” she said. “He pushes himself to the limit. He believes that he can accomplish anything. He always wants to go to the next level. He’s very driven. There are no words that can describe him. He’s such a special boy. I’m very happy and thrilled for him.”
The top speller was named after 10 rounds of competition. It took four more rounds to determine the second-place winner. This honor went to Ashwin Subramaniam, 9, a third grader from Weddington Elementary. Subramaniam will represent UCPS in the event the first-place winner is unable to compete.
The second-place win had been down to two students, Subramaniam and Cecilia Barnard, a fifth-grader from Porter Ridge Elementary School. Spelling the word “notochord” correctly gave Subramaniam the second-place victory.
“There were so many people in the spelling bee and everybody was getting the words right,” Subramaniam said. “I never thought I would get second place. I thought I would be in last place.”
UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis presented the winners their trophies, complimenting all students who participated in the competition. “It seems like every year the words get more difficult, and the students just get smarter and smarter,” he said to parents in the audience.
“Every word that was called, we adults are sitting there spelling that word to ourselves,” Davis then said to students. “Sometimes we get it right and some times we get it wrong. I know I would have been out long ago. You’re much better spellers than many of the adults. We’re very proud of your accomplishments.”
Trophies were awarded to the first- and second-place winners, and certificates were presented to each school-level winner.
Corvington will now represent Union County Public Schools in the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held in Charlotte on Feb. 2, 2009. If he wins the regional competition, he will represent the state in the national spelling bee to be held in May in Washington, DC.
This is the second year running that an elementary school student has won the UCPS Spelling Bee. Prior to last year, however, only middle school students had won the competition since 1996. There have been spelling bee competitions in Union County for more than 55 years.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 16, 2009 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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