By: Delaney Chase
Recently here at Eisenhower, the middle school students have worked very hard to prepare for the annual Spelling Bee, which took place on January 16 in the Eisenhower auditorium. After many tough rounds, sixth grader, Rachel Cubertson, spelled her way to first place. The Squire interviewed eighth grade teacher and Spelling Bee manager, Miss Livingston, about the event.
The Squire asked Miss Livingston about the history of the Middle School Spelling Bee. She shared that Eisenhower has been participating for many years in the competition. Miss Livingston stated, “This year, it was a middle school team effort.” Miss Livingston, Mrs. Gignac, and Mr. Heubach all served as judges of the Bee with the pronouncer being Mrs. Richardson.
When asked why she wanted to be involved in the spelling bee, Miss Livingston gave some helpful advice for students in the future. “As a language arts teacher, I believe spelling is an important skill. Even though we may have computer spell checkers, it is still important to know how to spell correctly or at least utilize resources to find the correct spellings. Sometimes the computer isn’t as smart as you think it is. This is especially important when it comes to career and college ready items. I have heard of employers dismissing applications because of misspellings, which could have been corrected if the applicant took the time to read it over and proofread.” The Spelling Bee is a good way to improve your spelling skills and prepare for your future.
The Squire asked Miss Livingston how the students got ready for the competition. She explained that the best way to do so is through practice. Reading and writing, which the students really enjoy, were also helpful.
The winner, Rachel Cubertson, and runner up, Rhiannon Cook, will move on to compete in the district Spelling Bee at Beaty Middle School on February 6. The two alternates, Kendra Danielson and Jenna Punch, will also attend and compete if the winners cannot be present. Miss Livingston shared how the students will prepare, stating, “They will be given some practice lists, which are released to all the students across the district who are participating.”
Congratulations to the winners and good luck at your next competition!