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Pioneer Elem. students compete in spelling bee


March 14, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Pioneer Elementary second-grader Edgar Correa spells 'beetle' at the school's annual Spelling Bee on March 8.

Pioneer Elementary students came out to the school the evening of March 8 to participate in the annual Spelling Bee put on by the local PTSA.

Many students from kindergarten to fifth-grade participated in the spelling bee, which was voluntary on their part.

"We had a ton of kids sign up this year," said Jasmin Thomas, a member of the Pioneer Elementary PTSA and the main organizer of this year's event.

Students got on the stage at the Pioneer Elementary gym and attempted to spell many words from 'peace' to 'cassette' to 'rhythm.'

The spelling bee gives kids the chance to join a competition based on study and preparation.

"I think its a great opportunity to let some kids shine, and maybe for some kids that don't always have that opportunity," said Kim Caldwell, assistant principal at Pioneer Elementary.

"They can get up and have a chance to be pretty brave and give it their best shot," she said.

For many students, it was be their first time speaking into a microphone on stage in front of a crowd of people.

"Yeah, I was pretty nervous," said Pioneer Elementary second-grade student Edgar Correa.

Correa was the second-place finisher among second-graders and he said he liked everything about participating in this year's Spelling Bee.

Caldwell said the event gives students the chance to step up in front of their peers and families.

"I think they like the opportunity to show that type of strength and the opportunity to get up on in front of microphone and talk in front of their family and everybody," she said.

It's also a contest based on the work put in before the competition as well.

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Kindergarten student Cash Cale from Pioneer Elementary spells a word at the school's annual Spelling Bee on March 8.

"They have to study for it and prepare for it," said Thomas, "I think they like that sense of accomplishment that they did it."

Many students get into the competition as well and enjoy the feeling of getting the correct spelling.

"This is pretty exciting, especially when they sit down [after correctly spelling a word] and they're like 'phew, I got it right,'" she said.

The Pioneer Elementary Spelling Bee is an annual event that has been held for many years and is put on by the local PTSA.

"We ask around with the PTA for volunteers and if we get enough people and someone to lead it, which was me this year, then we go and see if kids want to sign up," said Thomas.

She appreciated all the families who showed up to support their children and other students.

"I was glad that everyone came out, it ended up great," she said.


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