We announced our first meeting in September and everyone was invited. Students were given a list of words that could appear on the school spelling bee. We met each week during lunch, and students learned rules/strategies to help them become better at Spelling. Then we held a written contest in Dec. At that point, the 4 top winners of the school bee became eligible to move on to the Tulare County Spelling Bee in February. After returning from Christmas break, only the four top spellers have been meeting with me to go over the 19 pages of potential spelling words for the County (and the Nationwide) Bee.
The top two spellers from our school will be on stage at the Visalia Convention Center on Feb. 20th with almost 300 other top spellers from around our county. (Tulare Co. has one of the largest spelling bees in California) The other 2 winners from Wilson come to the County competition as alternates. The top speller at the Tulare County Bee will win several prizes, but the most important is an all-expenses paid trip for the winner and a parent to Washington D.C., to compete in the National Scripps Spelling Bee---whose rules we use at our school and county levels.
Our four winners this year were (tied for 1st) Tyleigh Ryan and Lily Lorenzi 6th graders, 1st alternate-Jenna Mahoney 7th grade, and 2nd alternate-Devin Kirby 6th grade.