Thirty students to compete for trip to national bee
KOKOMO, Ind. – Thirty elementary and middle school students will compete March 24 at the Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Indiana 931).
Winner of the regional competition will advance to the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24 to 29 in Washington, D.C.
Michelle Martin, director of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center and coordinator of the regional bee, said Ivy Tech is happy to sponsor annual spelling competition again this year.
“We took over sponsorship of the regional bee last year because the program fits Ivy Tech’s educational goals so well,” Martin said. “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’ is one we’re proud to support. This is a great opportunity for youngsters from Cass, Howard, Miami, and Pulaski counties to join in this national competition that’s been going on since 1925.” Martin noted additional support for the regional bee is being provided by The Andersons, Z92.5, Haynes Federal Credit Union, Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union, and American Party Time.
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.
“Whether they are top-three finishers or not, all the participants benefit from their participation in the bee,” 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
Caston Elementary School, Fulton
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