Eighth-graders in the Wooster City School District participated in an annual spelling bee at the Wooster High School Performing Arts Center on Dec. 4, 2019. The spelling bee is part of the qualifying rounds for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Eighth-grader Jackson Stansifer won after 20 rounds of competition. Finishing in second place was Xander Amier. Both students received an automatic spot in the Local Area Bee, which will take place on Jan. 28 in the Wooster High School Performing Arts Center. The Local Area Bee will include 6th-8th graders from the district, and the winner will advance to the Akron Beacon Journal Final Local Bee in Akron taking place on March 7, 2020.
Stansifer won the bee by spelling the word was “console.” However, this word was part of the additional words pack after Stansifer and Amier dueled through the end of the first set of words. The level of words through rounds 17-20 were more advanced. The additional word packs start at an easier level and advance as needed. Judges for the spelling bee were eighth-grade teachers Dara Greco, John Karamas, Geno Raseta and Paul White.
“We are so proud of all of the students who participated in the event; It was so exciting to watch these bright students battle it out past the original 20 rounds of competition,” said Chelsey Porter, English/reading teacher and Power of the Pen coach at Wooster High School. “The boys did a tremendous job. We are very impressed with their skill and how much effort they put into the bee. I am looking forward to seeing them compete at the regional event in January!”
All eighth-graders in the district take a qualifying test for the spelling bees. Twenty-five Wooster eighth-graders qualified to partake in the spelling bee but only 15 chose to participate. The spelling bee participants received a study packet from the Scripps National Bee website to help them prepare for the event.