Academy Middle School grammar teacher and spelling bee trainer Dana Everett said she’s two in mind, if there are any words she could have her children recall for the 85th annual Bell County Spelling Bee in the Temple Civic Theater of Saturday.
“Respire and believe,” she said. “They desire to remain calm and think it through.”
Pattie Marek, Papers In Education coordinator for contest patron the Temple Daily Telegram and the spelling bee’s coordinator for the previous 15 years, concurs that relaxing the nerves of the preteens is the best beginning by adding words of support.
“We only speak to them” Marek said. “I give them a little address ahead and help direct them.”
Seventh grader Kaylah Taylor is going to be up out of 51 spellers since she’s the highest graded student after placing third last year, returning to the contest.
The contest will consist of sixth, seventh and eighth graders across 18 area schools.
First place will take home a $100 cash prize together with the traveling trophy, which is exhibited in the victor’s school to get a year of the contest. Second place will win $50 and third, $25. All three winners will be shown a plaque to take home.
Everett has four pupils prepared for the contest, including Kaylah, for whom she’s high expectations.
“We happen to be going within the processes and the way the day will go in general” she said. ” We’re looking in the issue sequence words right now since we spent the remaining time going over all of the other words.”
Everett said that occasionally the words on the list can also be a challenge for grownups.
“I understand there’s a word that I can not even pronounce that’s on the trouble sequence list. I can not recall it though” she said with a laugh. “I could not even tell you how to spell it right now.”
Everett said in addition to the spelling and definition, she also stresses the children always review and recall the pronunciation of each word as well as like any challenging word, she’s her children pull out the dictionary.
Marek said packets were received by pupils with about 1000 University Interscholastic League words, rules and hints on improving.
She said they’re holding the contest earlier than normal, but nevertheless have about the exact same quantity of pupils participating.
While some pupils are admitted on the field for his or her athletic performance, she said, the spelling bee gives these students an opportunity to be recognized for his or her academic accomplishments.
“It’s this kind of great procedure only because they really get to move out there and perform and reveal how hard they work” she said. “They mightn’t get the typical, ‘Great touchdown’ but they spelled a word and these children will be the ones which will wind up being the physicians and attorneys.
Everett said this is a huge deal to her pupils when she saw the amount of children who have been interested and she was floored.
“I really had more children sign up this year than I got in yesteryear,” she said. “I believe a great deal of it’s because of how I approach my teaching as a teacher.”
“You simply do not expect children to need to take additional time out of their already hectic schedule to sign up for something that’s literally only looking at spelling words, which can be tiresome,” she said. “So once I discovered I ‘d that many pupils who have been interested, it made me excited.”
The pronouncer will be D. Kirkland, Temple College address educator and the three returning judges comprise: Linda Barnes, Temple College administrative assistant to the College of Marketing and Media Relations; Leigh Gardner, manager of the Temple Public Library; and the Rev. Roscoe Harrison, pastor of the Eighth Street Baptist Church in Temple.
Marek said some years they do not get quite much on the list, but other years the rivalry has been so hard that it has been made by them to the high school issue degree.
“One time we had a child who competed all 3 years and got first position twice and second spot one time” she said.