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 L-R Front Row-- Owen Beatty, Holly Bernard, Katie Carey, Savannah Voke, Kami Whiteaker, Kolin Brown, Runner-Up Lex Frye, and Jayden Brown.  Back Row— English Language Arts teacher Andrea Davis, Gifted Intervention Specialist Regina Gerber, School Champi
58793f2c5e343 L-R Front Row-- Owen Beatty, Holly Bernard, Katie Carey, Savannah Voke, Kami Whiteaker, Kolin Brown, Runner-Up Lex Frye, and Jayden Brown. Back Row— English Language Arts teacher Andrea Davis, Gifted Intervention Specialist Regina Gerber, School Champion Carter Carey, Trenton Garen, Devon Slone, Gage Jarrell, Jayson Edison, Van Frye, English Language Arts teacher Peggy McPherson-Jeffries, and English Language Arts teacher Howard Arthur
East Clinton Middle School Principal Robbin Luck, School Champion Carter Carey, Runner-Up Lex Frye, and Gifted Intervention Specialist Regina Gerber
L-R Front Row-- Owen Beatty, Holly Bernard, Katie Carey, Savannah Voke, Kami Whiteaker, Kolin Brown, Runner-Up Lex Frye, and Jayden Brown. Back Row— English Language Arts teacher Andrea Davis, Gifted Intervention Specialist Regina Gerber, School Champion Carter Carey, Trenton Garen, Devon Slone, Gage Jarrell, Jayson Edison, Van Frye, English Language Arts teacher Peggy McPherson-Jeffries, and English Language Arts teacher Howard Arthur

East Clinton Middle School Hosts 19th Annual Spelling Bee

Students at East Clinton Middle School spent the last several weeks honing their vocabulary and spelling skills in an effort to participate in the ECMS 19th Annual Scripps Spelling Bee.

Sixth through eighth grade students first competed in classroom spelling bees where the top spellers from each grade level qualified as finalists to participate in the School-Wide Spelling Bee, held at East Clinton Middle School on January 6th.

Finalists who moved forward to the participate in the school-wide bee included sixth graders Lex Frye; Gage Jarrell; Jayden Brown; Kolin Brown; and alternate Kami Whiteaker, seventh graders Jayson Edison; Katie Carey; Van Frye; and  Savannah Voke; and eighth graders Holly Bernard; Carter Carey; Trenton Garen; Devon Slone; and alternate Owen Beatty.

The school-wide Spelling Bee lasted for an unprecedented 31 rounds where words like marionette, suet, and cavalcade proved to be quite challenging.

According to Regina Gerber, Gifted Intervention Specialist with the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, this year’s competition included two sets of siblings in the final competition that made it to the final four which added to the excitement.

At the end of 23 rounds of competition, Katie Carey stumbled with the word “esteem” taking the third place overall position.

Lex Frye and Carter Carey went head-to-head in the final nine rounds of the competition before Lex Frye was stopped by the word “bedraggled” leaving Carter to ultimately win in round 31 with his correct spelling of “precursor.” 

Carter is a two-time school champion at ECMS having won the school-wide competition last year  and will soon complete an online semifinal competition to determine if he will once again be among the 70 top scorers qualifying to compete in the WCPO 9 On Your Side Regional Spelling Bee on March 18th at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

Working behind the scenes to help students prepare for the competition and to organize and judge the event was Regina Gerber; English Language Arts Teachers Howard Arthur, Andrea Davis, and Peggy McPherson-Jeffries; and Southern Ohio ESC Gifted Services Coordinator Curt Bradshaw, who also served as the event’s moderator. 

The Ohio Lottery Commission sponsored enrollment for East Clinton (and all Ohio schools) to participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee this year.

Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.

 

 

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