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Annual Spelling Bee

The annual spelling bee was held in the media center on Friday, November 21, 2014. Twenty students from grades 3-5 participated in this event. Prior to reaching this level, each of these twenty students had first won the classroom spelling bee which took place earlier in November. The students were excited and nervous as they awaited their turn to spell words like doubt, raisin, and parameter.

Mrs. Holder, AIG teacher, is in charge of the spelling bee each year and calls out the words to each of the contestants.  The three judges, Mrs. Yalich, Mrs. Funderburk, and Mrs. Gaines listen intently to make sure each letter uttered by the students are heard correctly.  Students are allowed to ask Mrs. Holder to repeat the work, ask if the word can be said in a different way, what langauge it originated from, the part of speech, and for the word to be used in a sentence.  Some of the words are homophones which means each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, originas, or spelling (for example, new and knew).

All of the students managed to get through the first two rounds but by round three 2 students spelled words incorrectly.  The bee lasted until round ten when Rianne, a fourth grader, won and then with Kristina, another fourth grader was runner up.  Rianne has won a 1-year subscription to the encyclopedia Britannica and will compete in the county spelling bee in January.  We are so proud of all of our students!

Written by: Heather Shulman
Posted: Dec 09, 2014 by Heather Shulman

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