Ivy Tech hosting Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee March 24

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

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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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