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June 6, 2014

W-h-i-s-p-e-r: Top spellers face off at Liberty Valley

MOORESBURG — Taylor Haas’s correct spelling of whisper followed by her correctly spelling the word scissors sealed her crowning as fifth-grade spelling bee champion at Liberty-Valley Intermediate School.

Taylor correctly spelled whisper after Brianna Eckard missed the word. Taylor  then had to correctly spell scissors during the competition Thursday. Brianna was named runner-up.

Other fifth-grade competitors, who were spelling champions in their classrooms, were Emma Varano, Satya Jacobs, Olivia Rucker, Joy Zhang, Annalise Yeich, Ella Davis and Alexis Andress.

During the fifth-grade rounds, both Taylor and Brianna missed the spelling of the words successful and inventor with them continuing to compete against each other on stage in the gym.

Winners received trophies and certificates. The other spellers also received certificates. Some of the words spelled by the fifth-graders were constitution, shelter, melody, rarely, language, thoughtful, probably, laughter, possible, syllable, separate, necessary, ambulance, tornado, business, numeral , equation, dessert, chocolate and others. The spellers could ask bee master and reading specialist Sarah Woodward for the definition of the word or to use it in a sentence. They had 30 seconds to spell a word orally.

The third-grade champion was Madison Sauers and runner-up was Brenna Ross. The winning word was treat with the previous word missed being handsome.

Nine classroom winners competed against each other in third, fourth and fifth grades. The Danville Area Community Foundation sponsors the spelling bees at the school and also at the Danville Primary School and Danville Middle School.

Serving as judges at Liberty-Valley were reading specialists Amber Turner and Michelle Simpson and Principal Christopher Johns.

Foundation Chairman Randy May said the foundation started the spelling bees a couple of years ago. “It was something we wanted to see resurrected in the district that had held them in past years. The kids seem to enjoy it. They are really well-organized,” he said.

Also competing on the third grade level were Ryan Hause, Koen Baylor, Velvet Sterowski Heck, Bella Johns, Timothy Steckley, Joey Mucciolo and Connor Kipple.

Fourth-grade champion was Coyla Bartholomew with Jordon Chambers runner-up.

Fourth grade classroom winners were Logan Strouse, Mary Holmes, Camri Rice,  Cam Cummins, Kevin Chen, Alex Walls and Gabe Benjamin.

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