Spelling in front of a crowd can be nerve racking. But spelling words correctly with the opportunity to possibly advance to the National Spelling Bee really brings out the case of the butterflies in the stomach.
Watertown-Mayer Middle School eighth grader didn’t seem to be affected, though. She won one of two regional spelling bees on Feb. 21 to advance to the multi-regional competition. There, she’ll have a chance to qualify for the national spelling bee.
The Regional Spelling Bee for Central Minnesota was held on Thursday, Feb. 21, on the campus of St. John’s University. Due to the large number of spellers in this region, there are two identical Bees held. The top four spellers from two spelling bees advanced to the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Lakes Country Service Cooperative in Fergus Falls.
In the morning session of the Central Minnesota Regional competition last week, Adam Johnson, an eighth grader from Sartell Middle School took first place and Ali Ophoven, a home educated student, took second place.
In the afternoon competition, Daniels spelled the word “fastidious” to win first place. Second place went to Morgan Tasler, a sixth grader at East Central School in Banning.
The morning bee had 24 spellers, it lasted 15 rounds and used 130 words. The afternoon bee also had 27 spellers, it lasted 16 rounds and used 145 words.
The first and second place winners from each bee received a trophy and gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. All the spellers received a medal and ribbon at their district level bee and a regional ribbon.
These four spellers will represent the Central Minnesota region at the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee Feb. 26. The top speller of that Bee will advance to the National Spelling Bee on May 26 to June 1, in Washington D.C.
Five other regions will also be represented in the multi-regional bee. Minnesota will be sending four students to the 2013 National Spelling Bee. The South Central Region, Staples Region and the Metro area will also each send a winner to the National competition.
The Regional Spelling Bees are coordinated by Sandra Cordie, Director of Educational Programs at Resource Training & Solutions.