On December 7, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., students from grades fourth through eighth competed in Temple’s Third Annual Spelling Bee, held in the Phil. 2:15 Youth Room and hosted by teacher Mrs. Katie Helser. The whole middle school watched as students spelled forty-four words taken from the Scripps National Spelling Bee list for school bees of the fourth and fifth-grade levels. Congratulations to fifth grader Leyton Chambers for winning this year’s bee!
Since the end of October, students Isaiah Kiser, Malachi Menke, Leyton Chambers, Josiah Menke, Caleb Kiser, and Jarrin Pangle have been studying words in preparation for the bee. In November they began practicing with Mrs. Helser, who, along with her mother-in-law Mrs. Marilyn Helser, judged the event. Mrs. Rosanne Bowman was this year’s pronouncer, sharing the words each student had to spell.
One by one students were given a word to spell. They were allowed to ask the definition, the origin of the word, or have it used in a sentence. If the word was a homonym, Mrs. Bowman shared so and implied which correct word should be spelled. As soon as someone misspelled their indicated word, they were eliminated. If a student misspelled their word, the following contestant did not have to correct the previous misspelling but was instead given a new word. After all contestants had spelled their words, the round was finished, and a new round commenced.
Once round fourteen began, only Jarrin Pangle and Leyton Chambers remained competing. When given the word “innocent,” Jarrin misspelled. Leyton was then given a word, which he spelled correctly, resulting in him receiving a championship word to spell in order to win the bee. After correctly spelling “settee,” Leyton chambers became this year’s Third Annual Spelling Bee champion. All participants were awarded certificates for their hard work, and third through first places received additional awards.
Congratulations to third place contestant fourth grader Malachi Menke who received a $10 gift card to Toys “R” Us, second place contestant sixth grader Jarrin Pangle who received a $15 gift card to Toys “R” Us and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, and first place contestant Leyton Chambers who received a $25 gift card to Toys “R” us and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online as well. Leyton will also be competing in the Allen County Spelling Bee on February 18, 2017. Good job to all participants and good luck to Leyton! Temple is looking forward to next year’s bee!