CPS Students Compete For A Slot At The National Spelling Bee


The Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy eighth-grader correctly spelled the word meaning "marked by gradual spontaneous development", Thursday, March 9, at the 42nd annual Saginaw County Spelling Bee. "I knew she'd be a novelty, so I'm proud she held her own". "But there's always a little glimmer of hope that you will win".

Winners competed for a spot at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

A five-year-old Oklahoma girl has scripted history by becoming the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee after she cracked the final word, "jnana", a Sanskrit word. Edith asked, with the quiet but confident voice of someone far beyond her years. More than 11 million students participate in it every year.

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Riya will head to the national competition in Washington, D.C.in late May.

Buhlman's chances to get back to Washington, D.C., were almost derailed late in Tuesday's bee. "Maybe like play outside or play piano, maybe study animals", Edith said. She was visibly surprised when she got it right. The parents asked their kids to spell various words, and they were impressed when Edith spelled "restaurant" correctly, even though she had not been taught the word first.

In the second- and third-grade competition, Clark Cundick, a third-grader from Parley's Park Elementary School, outlasted second-place finisher Isaac Heath of J.R. Smith Elementary School.

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Andy Bernhard, the longtime publisher of The Park Record, said it's an honor for the newspaper to be involved in the spelling bee. Fifty-one schools were represented and participating students would have to go through 20 rounds of spelling challenging words in order to be named the champion.

"When I won the spelling bee, I was just overwhelmed", said Chezhiyan, a seventh grade student at Marsteller Middle School in Bristow.

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