Students rise to Spelling Bee challenge |

Students rise to Spelling Bee challenge

You can determine a lot about a kid by the way they approach a microphone to take their turn at a spelling bee. Some students stride up confidently, head held high and eyes straight ahead, calculating the most effective distance from which to speak into the mic as they spell "assurance." Others step up gingerly, rolling onto tiptoes, stuffing hands in pockets, searching the audience for smiling support. Finally, some kids bound up excitedly, grabbing hold of the microphone and purposefully blurting out their word "energetic." Spelling bees are a wonderful opportunity for performance and for engaging intellectual, academic, reading, memorization and spelling skills.

Many of these important learning skills and particular personality types were evident at the 5th Annual Park Record Spelling Bee, held at the Egyptian Theater in Park City Thursday, May 19. The bee was comprised of spellers in grades 2-7 from 13 schools across Summit and Wasatch counties, and each grade-level bee represented eclectic types of students who exhibited one valuable common trait – excellent spelling ability. These students were able to showcase their skills in front of family, friends, peers, school organizers, judges and even the Superintendent of Park City School District, Dr. Ray Timothy, and the President of the Park City School Board, Moe Hickey. Rob Clayton from the Winter Sports School and Leslie Thatcher of KPCW were the jovial and professional hosts of this year’s bee.

The excitement and drama of the Park Record Spelling Bee was heightened by a well-earned and heart-warming tie between two students in the 2nd-3rd grade bee, an army of proficient spellers and memorizers who conquered a list of more than 400 words in the 4th-5th grade bee, and an intense, suspenseful, and nail biting bout that went nearly 30 spelling rounds in the 6th-7th grades bee.

The results of the 2011 Park Record Spelling Bee include:

2nd/3rd grades

  • 1st (tie) – Ian VanLeuvan Trailside Elementary School, 3rd grade
    Nicolai Wacht Parley’s Park Elementary School, 2nd grade
  • 2nd – Andrew Hoggan Trailside Elementary School, 3rd grade
  • 3rd – Owen Nagel McPolin Elementary School, 2nd grade

    4th/5th grades

  • 1st – Alexia Daugaard South Summit Elementary School, 5th grade
  • 2nd – Paige Anderson Park City Day School, 5th grade
  • 3rd – Abigail Knudsen Old Mill Elementary School, 4th grade

    6th/7th grades

  • 1st – Patrick Schloesser Rowland Hall, 7th grade
  • 2nd – Abby Powell Ecker Hill International Middle School, 7th grade
  • 3rd – Collin Kenny Rowland Hall, 7th grade

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