Un - BEE - lievable!
Can you spell flicker or prestidigitation? On February 3, twenty-nine Wheatland middle school students put their spelling skills to the test. These students from grades 5 through 8 competed through eleven rounds, spelling almost 200 words provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Anna Carroll spelled the word unscrupulous followed by the word overweening to be crowned Wheatland Center’s champion speller. Emma Close and Shane Petersen were the second and third place spellers. Other contestants included:
Mason Biehn, Caleb Bohn, Jasmine Delaney, Devin Steininger, Andrew Samborski, and Isaac Gutsmeidel
Kianna Weis, Alex Bush, and Wyatt Anderson
Madison Nutile, Austin Butterfield, Nick Gerlach, Izzy Brenton, Landen Jerde, Cameron Humphrey, Valerie Zuehls, Ole Hanson, and CJ Shane.
Emily Lein, Ben Carroll, Abigail Henry, Abby Horton, Morgan Williams, Kort Visocnik, Sydney Laitamaki, and Sean Noonan
This is Anna’s fourth consecutive spelling bee win at Wheatland Center. On March 1, Anna traveled to Whitewater to participate in the Regional Spelling Bee. She competed against students from many schools around the area and was chosen as one of the top two spellers in the Regional Bee. Congratulations Anna!
Anna is now moving on to the Badger State Spelling Bee and will be trying to out-spell students from around the state of Wisconsin. Not only will she have to spell words, but she will also have to provide definitions to words in at least two rounds of the bee. The State Badger Bee is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 p.m. at Madison Area Technical College. The top three spellers will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee this spring.
What do you do to prepare for a spelling bee? Anna says that she studies about one hour per day and that she begins to prepare for the bee in December. When asked if she could give other students who would like to compete in the Spelling Bee some advice for success, Anna stated, “Be able to understand the etymology of words and understand word composition from different languages. This will be my third year going to state, and I have learned over the years that you will get a lot of words that you never would have heard before. Because of this, it is crucial to know different ways words need to be spelled so that you can have a better shot at correctly spelling your word.”
We are so proud of the time and commitment that all of our spellers have put into preparing for this year’s spelling bee. We also admire their spelling skills and good sportsmanship. All of our spellers did such a wonderful job in a very competitive contest. Good luck to Anna as she competes in the Badger State Bee on March 25. Your Wheatland family hopes that you will bring home another win!