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“The participants may have been homogeneous in that they all came from Natrona County schools.”
That’s the winning word used in a sentence from the Natrona County School District’s Spelling Bee held Jan. 24, 2014 in Casper. Andrew Ker, an eighth grader from Centennial Junior High, spelled the word correctly to become the District’s Spelling Bee Champion.
Rounding out the top five are:
2nd Place – Taliah Blom, 7th Grade, Casper Classical Academy
3rd Place – Bailey Franklin, 7th Grade, Dean Morgan Junior High
4th Place – Abby Kelley, 6th Grade, Dean Morgan Junior High School
5th Place – Summer Giubbini, 7th Grade, Casper Classical Academy
Andrew, Talia and Bailey will go on to the State Spelling Bee in March at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.
Schools throughout the District signed up grades 4-8 students through the national Scripps website. Each school had the opportunity to hold their own competition and a maximum number of 25 students could advance to the District level. At the District level, 65 students competed in a 100-word written test in the morning and then the top 25 spellers advanced to the oral contest in the afternoon. The six schools participating were Casper Classical Academy, Centennial Junior High, Cottonwood Elementary, Dean Morgan Junior High, Mills Elementary and Willard Elementary.
The Pronouncer was Rick Skatula, Principal, Southridge Elementary. Judges for the contest were Karin East,Ramada Plaza Riverside; Rita Walsh, Natrona County School District Trustee; and Shannon Fischer, Natrona County School District Athletics & Activities Robotics Facilitator.
The Spelling Bee competition helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage. Students study correct spelling of words from prepared study lists and participate in “round” competition in which contestants are eliminated when they misspell a word. Students prepare for the District Spelling Bee using a variety of other materials. The official dictionary used is Webster’s Third New International Dictionary copyright 2002, Merriam-Webster.