Ivy Tech hosting Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee March 18

Ivy Tech hosting Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee March 18
Thirty students to compete for trip to national bee

KOKOMO, Ind. – Thirty elementary and middle school students will compete March 18 at the Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road.

Winner of the regional competition will advance to the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 25 to 31 in Washington, D.C.

Michelle Martin, director of the Ivy Tech-owned Kokomo Event & Conference Center and coordinator of the regional bee, said Ivy Tech was happy to assume sponsorship of the annual spelling competition this year.

“The stated purpose of the national spelling bee – ‘to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives’ – fits Ivy Tech’s educational goals well,” she said. “We’re happy to be able to support this opportunity for youngsters from Howard, Cass, Miami and Fulton counties to join in this national competition that’s been going on since 1925.” Martin noted additional support for the regional bee has been provided by The Andersons and Z92.5.
In recent years, the national spelling bee has taken on even more interest with televised finals. Martin said the winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to the nationals along with a trophy and a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. Second-place finisher will receive a trophy and a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition donated by Merriam-Webster and third-place will receive a trophy. All three will receive one-year subscriptions to the Encyclopedia Britannica online.

“All the participants benefit from their participation in the bee, whether they end up a top-three finisher or not,” Martin said. “This experience can build confidence and self-esteem. It offers an opportunity to develop their public-speaking skills and it encourages them in their educational endeavors.”

Students qualified for the regional by winning their schools’ spelling bees. Participating schools include:

Acacia Academy, Kokomo
All Saints Catholic School, Peru
Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru
Bon Air Elementary School, Kokomo
Bon Air Middle School, Kokomo
Central Middle School, Kokomo
Columbia Middle School, Logansport
Eastern Elementary School, Greentown
Eastern Junior Senior High School, Greentown
Elwood Haynes Elementary School, Kokomo
Galveston Elementary School, Galveston
Howard Elementary School, Kokomo
Lafayette Park Elementary School, Kokomo
Lincoln Middle School, Logansport
Maconaquah Elementary School, Bunker Hill
Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo
North Miami Elementary School, Denver
North Miami Middle High School, Denver
Northwestern Elementary School, Kokomo
Northwestern Middle School, Kokomo
Peru Junior High School, Peru
Pettit Park Elementary School, Kokomo
Redeemer Lutheran School, Kokomo
Rochester Middle School, Rochester
Saints Joan of Arc & Patrick Elementary School, Kokomo
Sycamore Elementary School, Kokomo
Taylor Intermediate School, Kokomo
Wallace Elementary School of Integrated Arts, Kokomo
Western Intermediate School, Russiaville
Western Middle School, Russiaville

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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