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Inaugural CAB Spelling Bee Offers Schools Cheaper Contest Alternative
February 20, 2008 - The Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation will host its inaugural corporation-wide spelling bee for elementary school students on Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the Knightstown High School auditorium.
Organizer Shirley Heck said 12 students - three from each CAB elementary school - will compete for first place and runner-up trophies. All competitors, she said, will receive a participation medal.
Ordinarily, CAB elementary students compete in the E.W. Scripps Company’s national spelling bee, once a free event to which schools were allowed to send one student. This year, however, with the annual contest apparently losing money, Scripps officials opted to charge each participating school a $100 entry fee. “Our PTO and staff agreed that (fee) was kind of pricey for just one student,” Heck said. “So we just decided to have our own corporation spelling bee.”
Although winning students won’t advance to regional or state competition as in the Scripps contest, Heck did say winners will receive their awards at the end of the local bee. “That’s one really big benefit of having a local spelling bee,” Heck said. “Winners of the Scripps contest have to wait a while before they get their awards.”
Heck also said the Scripps contest can be pretty daunting for the younger spellers, who compete alongside students up through ninth grade. “When a third graders sees she’s going to be competing with someone who has a moustache, that can be pretty scary,” Heck said.
Hosting a local spelling bee can remedy those problems, according to Heck, who plans to host 12 kids in grades three through five. “We think this will be exciting for the kids,” she said, referring to the fact that the contest will play out on the opulent lighted stage in the KHS auditorium.
The contest will be emceed and three judges will tally scores. Judges include CAB speech therapist Beth Willard, Daffney Thackery and Heck’s own husband, Steve.
“We’re excited,” Heck said. “We hope lots of parents and students show up to support their building representatives.”
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