2012-03-08 / News

Local students advance in spelling bee


Manistique Middle School students that will advance to spelling bee finals include from left, to right: Alexis Russell, Abby Schwartz, Ashley Menominee and Syrea McDonald. 
(Submitted photos) Manistique Middle School students that will advance to spelling bee finals include from left, to right: Alexis Russell, Abby Schwartz, Ashley Menominee and Syrea McDonald. (Submitted photos) Eight area students are advancing to the Upper Peninsula Finals of the 2012 spelling bee, after placing in regional competition. The regional bee was held at the Frederickson Auditorium in Manistique on Tuesday, Feb. 22.

To get to the regionals, students had to demonstrate their spelling prowess through several preliminary steps, first winning grade-level competitions in their buildings and then placing in the top two at the district spelling bee.

After again claiming one of the top two spots in last week’s regional competition, they will now move on to the U.P. bee, to be held in the Marquette county area on Wednesday, March 14.

Fifth and sixth grade students will compete at Westwood High School, while seventh and eighth graders will do their spelling at Negaunee High School. They will be competing for the right to represent the Upper Peninsula at the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C.


Left to right: Fifth grade students Sydny Peterson and Melanie Jones are pictured with spelling bee coordinator Rob Ryan. Left to right: Fifth grade students Sydny Peterson and Melanie Jones are pictured with spelling bee coordinator Rob Ryan. The first and second place finishers will advance to finals:

Fifth Grade: First place, Melanie Jones, St. Francis de Sales School; second place, Sydny Peterson, Emerald Elementary School; Dakota Goldie, Big Bay de Noc.

Sixth Grade: First place, Alexis Russell, Manistique Middle School; second place, Maddie McPhee, Big Bay de Noc School; Rebecca Miron, Manistique Midde School

Seventh Grade: First place, Abby Schwartz, Manistique Middle School; second place, Caitlin Sefcik, Big Bay de Noc School; David Green, Big Bay de Noc.

Eighth Grade: First place, Syrea McDonald, Manistique Middle School; second place, Ashley Menominee, Manistique Middle School; Erin Kurth, Big Bay de Noc.


Advancing from Big Bay de Noc are seventh grade student Caitlin Sefcik and Madison McPhee who is sixth grade. Advancing from Big Bay de Noc are seventh grade student Caitlin Sefcik and Madison McPhee who is sixth grade. Spelling bees in the U.P. are sponsored by the local school districts and the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association.

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