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Spelling Bees are not for the faint of heart, whether participating or sitting in the audicne. 

Students at Martins Creek Middle School attended the May 10 Cherokee County School Spelling Bee in their school's library. Family members also look on.

Such was the case May 10 at Martins Creek School moments before Spelling Bee coordinator, Mrs. Debbie White and Principal Arnold Mathews began the Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee.  Nine 6th, 7th and 8th graders waited apprehensively to hear the first words.

Nine students from Martins Creek, Ranger, Hiwassee Dam and Murphy middle schools who participated in the Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee wait for the opening word. From left: Sidney Hibberts, Lily Beaster, Brandon Muizulis, Aaron O'Connell, Christan Sykes, Stephanie Howe, Jenni Gordon, Isaac Mock, and Selena Rodrigues.

Among the attendees were Hiwassee Dam’s principal Mrs. Delaine Macdonald and teacher Mrs. Brandy Farmer, and Ranger’s principal Mr. Paul Wilson.  They proudly talk about the victories these students have had in their academic life.

They know that studying for a spelling bee is not the easiest task.  Just like in sports, students can practice with someone, but sooner or later they have to tackle the words on their own.  They fumble, find themselves underwater, and then, just before throwing in the towel, they hit their word over the net.

Finalists included Sidney Hibberts, Selena Rodrigues and Isaac Mock, Martins Creek Middle School;  Lily Beaster, Aaron O’Connell and Jenni Gordon, Ranger Middle School, Brandon Muizulis and Christan Sykes, Hiwassee Dam Middle School; and Stephanie Howe, Murphy Middle School. 

By the end, Ranger’s Lily Beaster won the First Place trophy and the $100 prize.  Aaron O’Connell also from Ranger won the Second Place trophy and $50.  Hiwassee Dam’s Brandon Muizulis won Third Place and $25.  Beaster had won Third Place the year before, but O’Connell and Muizulis were first timers at the bee. Nonetheless, they plowed through word after word as teachers and families watched excitedly.

Martins Creek School hosted the annual Cherokee County Schools 2011 Spelling Bee on May 10. Ranger Middle School student Lily Beaster won First Place and Aaron O’Connell, also from Ranger, won Second Place. Hiwassee Dam student Brandon Muizulis won Third Place (from left).

 

The Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program sponsors the bee along with Friends of Murphy Public Library.  All sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Cherokee County schools are encouraged to join the fun next year.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417 for details.

 

Students from Martins Creek, Murphy, Hiwassee Dam and Ranger Middle Schools wait for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee to start

Eleven sixth, seventh and eighth graders sat patiently waiting for the 2010 Cherokee County Schools Spelling Bee to begin.  No one realized at that moment they would break records. However, when the final word was called, the students had spelled over 325 words, the most in the four years of the bee’s existence.

The bee was held last Thursday morning at Martins Creek School.  It is co-sponsored by the Cherokee County School system, the Cherokee Scout’s Newspaper in Education program, and Friends of Murphy Public Library.

Martins Creek principal Arnold Matthews called out the first word, “discipline.” These middle school students from Martins Creek, Murphy, Hiwassee Dam and Ranger schools were well versed in the discipline of spelling. Their demeanor was poised, unflappable….disciplined.

Martins Creek teacher Mrs. Debbie White, who organized the Cherokee County bee, watched quietly as the words sped by.  Words like abdicate, enthusiasm, aristocracy, glasnost, monsoon, and ostentatious are examples.  A few students missed and the others soldiered on.

Winners of the 2010 Spelling Bee are D J Mock, Martins Creek; Zach Cook, Murphy Middle School; and Lily Beaster, Ranger Middle School.

In the end, Martins Creek eighth grader D. J. Mock won. Murphy Middle School eighth grader Zach Cook came in second, and Ranger sixth grader Lily Beaster was third. When it was over, a second record was set. The bee lasted one and one-half hours, twice as long as the previous year.

 Each winner received a trophy and a cash prize. 

Photo by Teresa Mock

Photo by Jo Crowe, The 2010 Spelling Bee broke previous records for amount of words spelled: 325, and length of time the spelling bee lasted: 1-1/2 hours. Eleven students from Martins Creek, Hiwassee Dam, Murphy and Ranger Middle Schools participated: (l to r) Trevor Reid, Madison Guthrie, Maddy Mock, Rachel Payne, D. J. Mock, Vandna Patel, Zach Cook, Bryson Cheek, Lily Beaster, Stephanie Shilling, and Jesse Crowe.

 All eleven students at the final bee received certificates and gold medals on bee-strewn ribbons.  Students who participated in the preliminary spelling bees in their schools received a commemorative presidential dollar coin.  Ranger’s principal Paul Wilson and Hiwassee Dam Language Arts teacher Brandy Farmer were also at the bee along with proud parents and grandparents cheering the students on.

Plans are forming for the 2011 Spelling Bee.  All sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Cherokee County schools are encouraged to join the fun and learn new words.  Call the Murphy Library at 837-2417 for details.

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Latin, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com.

lucid   dejected   abdicate

spectrum   nasal   temporal

percolate   susceptible   candidate

canary   lunatic   gregarious

benevolent   ingenious   prescription

Correction:  The Spelling Bee blogger sent the wrong spelling of “elixir” to the Cherokee Scout for their April 7 issue.  If you saw it spelled “alixir” don’t blame the Scout, blame the Spelling Bee blogger’s new laptop and poor typing skills.  Or maybe the elixir she was taking wasn’t working.  [elixir:  "A cordial alleged to prolong youth"]   Or maybe she wanted to see if anyone was reading the weekly Spelling Bee words.  In any event, if she is ever in a spelling bee and gets the word “elixir” you can rest assured she will be able to spell it correctly.

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Arabic, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com.  

talc   tuna   safari   mosque

sultan   mummy   admiral   guitar

elixir   alcove   tarragon

lemon   sequin   zero   massage

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Old English, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com

dogged   manhandle   quell   fiery

creepy   dreary   fathom   threshold

errand   timely   dairy   reckless

bequeath   nostril   mermaid

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Greek, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, http://www.myspellit.com.  

acme   democracy   topical

ergonomic   protein   angelic

android   character   chronology

cosmetic   antibiotic   hygiene

phenomenon   amnesia   pragmatic

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Spanish, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com

renegade   barrio   fandango   mesa

oregano   empanada   sombrero

quesadilla   flamenco   fiesta   tomatillo

burrito   alligator   mantilla   chalupa

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from French, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, http://www.myspellit.com.   

crochet   regime   altruism   beige

stethoscope   prairie   amenable   plateau

boutique   quiche   bureaucracy   escargot

manicure   motif   collage

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Latin, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, www.myspellit.com.  

inane   ambivalent   incriminate

interrupt   colloquial   rupture

alleviate   ventilate   reptile

measure   relevant   electoral

ominous   library   refugee

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Greek, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, http://www.myspellit.com.   

trauma   semantics   cosmos   panic  

apathy   diagnosis   idiom   biblical

biopsy   asterisk   stoic   protagonist

spherical   myriad   calypso

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Italian and music is the theme.  They can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, http://www.myspellit.com.  

virtuosa   aria   finale   concerto

staccato   libretto   maestro   allegro

piccolo   cadenza   cantata   credenza

portfolio   virtuoso   bravura

This week’s words for the 2010 Cherokee County Spelling Bee are from Slavic languages, and can be found on the National Spelling Bee web site, http://www.myspellit.com.  To see previous weeks’ words, go to www.friendsofmurphylibrary.wordpress.com

mammoth   paprika   vampire   cravat

gulag   robot   troika   polka

sputnik   babushka   parka   samovar

tundra   glasnost   kasha


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