Spelling Bee Champ Buzzes To The Top

LM Tiger, Makayla. awaits her word in the second round of the La Mariposa Annual Spelling Bee.

LM Tiger, Makayla. awaits her word in the second round of the La Mariposa Annual Spelling Bee.

Landon "writes" his word on the podium with his finger before spelling it out loud.

Landon “writes” his word on the podium before spelling it out loud.

La Mariposa’s Annual Spelling Bee was held last Wednesday afternoon.  After only six rounds we had our school Champion: 5th Grader, Brandon Dinh.  Three students represented each 4th and 5th grade class with a total of twenty-one students beginning the first round.  The words proved to be a bit challenging this year as the field was cut nearly in half by Round 2.

Throughout the bee students were challenged with words like:  assertive, glitz, incredulous, bayou, ferocious, misspell, recipient, defiant, diverge, primitive, and debt.  They utilized a number of techniques including “writing” the words with their fingers, rolling their eyes to the top of their sockets to see the word in their brains, and asking for definitions, sentence usage, and word origin.

5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Evans, called the words.

5th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Evans, called the words.

By the end of the third round only four students remained:  Brandon, Lucas, Manas, and Max.

Fourth and fifth grade teachers looked up definitions and sentences in record time by using their iPad.

Fourth and fifth grade teachers looked up definitions and sentences in record time by using their iPad.

All four boys spelled their words correctly in the fourth round.  After the fifth round only two boys were left.  Brandon spelled his sixth round word correctly, then Max stepped up to receive his word. Mrs. Evans called it out “succumb”.  The irony was tangible when Max misspelled the word.  It wasn’t over, yet, though.  Brandon still had to spell another word correctly to become the champion.  The Championship word was “caravan”.

Congratulations to all our Tiger Spellers for a great effort at this year’s Spelling Bee: Jason Widofsky, Amanda Ashley, Taylor Pak, Brandon Celmeta, Hans Bachnguyen, Lucas Chomiller, Maureen Chowdhury, Tanvi Patil, Ayeta Kochi, Manas Khatore, Matthew Guglielmo, Dharma Iyer, Shahbano Raza, Brandon Dinh, Alex Masci, Serena Bolish, Haley Jeffers, Landon Stouch, Madeline Sheller, Max MacCallum, & Makayla Johnson

Spelling Bee Champion (left) with our runner-up (right).

Spelling Bee Champion (left) with our runner-up (right).

Good luck to Brandon as he represents La Mariposa in the county Spelling Bee held at CSU Channel Islands on March 8th.  The Spelling Bee is a National Competition administered by The E.W. Scripps Corporation that culminates with a the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.  Learn more…

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