8 students advance to Spelling Bee Finals


Staff Writer

NORWAY – Four Iron Mountain students, three Kingsford students and one Norway student will advance to the Upper Peninsula Spelling Bee Finals on March 13 after winning the spelling bee regional for their grade on Tuesday.

For the fifth grade, Michael Colavecchi of Iron Mountain spelled the word murmur correctly to advance. Bailey Johnson of Kingsford placed second for the fifth grade.

Anthony Gerou of Norway spelled iterance correctly to place first for the sixth grade. Jorden Stoner of Iron Mountain placed second.

Seventh grader Lindsay Morel spelled shako correctly to win first place in her grade. Michael Kulas of Iron Mountain placed second.

In the eighth grade, Caroline To of Kingsford spelled tutu correctly. Joe Murvich, also of Kingsford, placed second.

Eighth graders spelled all the words correctly on the study list and moved onto the stump list making it to the word tutu. Some other words on the stump list include goatee, easel, prescription, ninja, and chocolate.

Words on the study list included abdomen, ballerina, arrestee, sirloin, vengeance, exaggeration, felicity, solder, luminary, propaganda, traumatic, chastise, laceration, alias, foray, gnats, auburn, mirages, entomologist, mantilla, privileges, dyslexia, alpenglow, armageddon, kaumographer, susurration, extricate, tenuous, uncomplimentary, iterance, clarisentience, griffonage, enalid, arithmocracy, fuselage, therapeutant, egalitarian, thesaurus, and babelization.

Before the start of each grade’s competition, Norway Community Schools Director Brad Grayvold told all the students they were all winners because they put in a lot of time and effort studying the word list.

All students who participated in the U.P. Spelling Bee Regionals received a trophy for their efforts. The spelling bee regionals were held at Norway-Vulcan Area Schools on Tuesday.

Fifth and sixth grade moderator was Ann DeLong. Judges were Rae Ann Seat and Jan Cayemberg.

Seventh and eighth grade moderator was Mary Beth Paul. Judges were Mary Beth Thoreson and Lynda Johnson.

Sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association, the U.P. Spelling Bee Finals will be held on March 13.

Grades five and six will compete at Westwood High School in Ishpeming at 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. (Eastern time). Grades seven and eight will compete at Negaunee High School in Negaunee at 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.

The final spell off will be held at Negaunee High School at approximately 3:15 p.m.

The winner of the spell off will compete nationally at the spelling bee in Washington, D.C.

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