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Spelling specialists

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017

Third-grade student Kodee Greene correctly spells a word to advance in the competition. - Mike Moore Photo

BIG PINEY – The Big Piney Elementary School held its annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition last Friday, Feb. 10, at the Fine Arts Building and it was one to remember.

The spelling bee, which was organized by instructional facilitator Scott Carpenter, lasted over two hours and went through all the words in the preliminary list for the first time in recent memory. Principal Amy Bell then moved on to the auxiliary words. The students and parents were excited to see the competition progress through words like “prestidigitation,” which third-grader Saki Meador had no trouble with at all. Principal Bell was the moderator for the spelling bee and even she had to take a little time on some of the pronunciations, as the students kept getting harder and harder words.

When it was all said and done, Big Piney will be well represented at the state bee in Rock Springs in March with the top-three finishers moving on to the next level, including Saki with first place, fifth-grader – and Saki’s brother – Jackie Meador in second place, and fifth-grader Clayton Mullikin in third.

This year’s bee had a well-rounded list of students, including two second-graders – Chelsea Davis and Lyrik Peterson, third-graders Kodee Greene and Saki, fourth-graders Micah Strong and Mari Sambrano, and fifth-graders Jackie and Clayton.

Best of luck at state, Saki, Jackie and Clayton!

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