On Friday, Jan. 20, fourth and fifth grade students had the opportunity to participate in the annual spelling bee at Central Elementary. The students were excited to compete with their classmates, and demonstrate their spelling acumen.
“We try to challenge and encourage our students every year to engage in the spelling bee,” said Ladonna Johnson, Assistant Principal. “Not only did they go the extra mile to prepare for the spelling bee, they’ve become stronger spellers in the process.”
The fourth and fifth grade Central teachers each held spelling bees to determine which students would represent the classroom at the building level. Each classroom had a contestant and an alternate, which resulted in 13 contestants for both the fourth and fifth grade classes.
The judges were Megan Callier, Speech and Language Pathologist, Kelly Eldridge, Counselor, and Kelly DuBois, Paraprofessional. Rob Russel, VS Coordinator, was the pronouncer. Students had to spell words such as coronet, esteem, and equestrian.
For the second year, Corinna Hayden, from Kristina Lodes’s fifth grade class, won the Central spelling bee. She will move on to the regional written semi-finals of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s 2017 Spelling Bee at McKendree University. The winner from the semi-finals will compete in the oral finals on March 18.
“We’re very proud of all of our students who participated in the spelling be this year,” said Ladonna Johnson. “It was a collaborative effort of faculty, students, and their parents! Our students are already looking forward to our next annual spelling bee.”