Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Students in spelling bee learn lifelong skills

Thursday night, 26 good spellers will take a place on the phase at Hazel Dell Elementary School. The fourth- through eighth-graders volition be full of hope, outlooks and probably a batch of butterflies.

SEE THE BEE Catch the action at the William Rowan Hamilton County Regional Spelling Bee, 7 p.m. Thursday at Hazel Dell Elementary School, 3025 Westfield Road (Ind. 32), Noblesville. Admission is free. The county title-holder will progress to the Edward Wyllis Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 25-31 in Washington, D.C.D.C. IS THE topographic point TO BEEight William Rowan Hamilton County good spellers have got advanced to the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C., since Topics Newspapers started sponsoring the event in 1994. In the early years, one victor was sent from Hamilton, Marion or Samuel Johnson counties. Since 1998, a victor from William Rowan Hamilton and Marion counties have been sent to Washington. >> 1994, 1995 -- Erin Dittus, Carmel Junior High School. Highest national round: seventh, 1993, when she was sponsored by The Capital Of Indiana News. >> 1998 -- Jennifer Alexander, home-schooled, Cicero. Eliminated in 3rd unit of ammunition at national bee. >> 1999 -- Andy Cherolis, Carmel Elementary School. Eliminated in 3rd unit of ammunition at national bee. >> 2000, 2001 -- Carol Rupprecht, Westfield Intermediate and Center schools. Eliminated in 4th unit of ammunition at national bee both years. >> 2002, 2003 -- Nathan Hammes, St. Mare Goretti Catholic School, Westfield. Highest national round: ninth, 2002. >> 2004 -- Tim Harris, Clay Junior High School, Carmel. Eliminated in 4th unit of ammunition at national bee. >> 2005, 2007 -- Vaibhav Vavilala, Grove Park Elementary and Creekside Center schools, Carmel. Eliminated in 2nd unit of ammunition at national bee both years. >> 2006 -- Vikas Vavilala, Creekside Center School, Carmel. Eliminated in 2nd unit of ammunition at national bee.

One by one, they'll walk to a mike to confront a tabular array of Judges and a crowd of onlookers. Then they'll be given a word to spell.

Spell it correctly, and they travel on to the adjacent round. Be the last 1 standing, and they travel to the Edward Wyllis Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., courtesy of the Capital Of Indiana Star and its co-sponsors, the Rotary Baseball Club of Indianapolis, Hurst's HamBeens, The Children's Museum of Capital Of Indiana and magazine.

At the William Rowan Hamilton County Regional Spelling Bee, some words will be as common as "haggle" -- although when was the last clip you heard a preteenager usage the word "haggle"? -- or as odd as "adumbrate," which intends to sketch in a shady way.

The national bee have been edifice and rewarding good good spellers since 1925. Even more, it's been helping immature children develop accomplishments that they transport through life.

Case in point: Erin Dittus.

She was the Hamilton/Marion County Regional victor in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Her first year, she was a sixth-grader astatine Carmel Junior High School, and she stayed in the national bee until the 7th round. The adjacent year, she made it to the 4th round, and when she was in eighth-grade, she made it to the 3rd round.

The 2003 semen laude alumnus of Amherst College states that being a good good speller helped develop her vocabulary and her authorship throughout high school, college and law school. Surely, the associate in the Mother Jones Day law firm's New House Of York business office needed good spelling achievements as a chapter editor of the Person Rights Law Reappraisal at Columbia, where she earned a law grade in 2007.

More than 13 old age later, Dittus still sees her experiences at the bee as positive ones, and for a assortment of reasons.

Personal effort, accomplishments. She played volleyball game and playground ball and was a cellist in the school orchestra, but those activities "were always about the squad or the larger group," she said in an e-mail this week. "Not only was the spelling bee a very different type of challenge in footing of needed skill, but it was also one of the few modern times I was completely on my own, with no squad to endorse me up."

Standing on your own: a good accomplishment to master.

Dealing with pressure. Dittus acknowledges that the bee was stressful, calling it a "sudden death" situation, where every missive counts, and there is no such as thing as a 2nd guess. When you're on that stage, you've got to cognize when "i" come ups before "e" even after "c."

The emphasis was a acquisition experience, though. "Learning to cover with this pressure, on my own, turned out to be a very good thing: I learned how to be poised and remain unagitated under pressure, how to believe carefully before speaking, and how to remain confident in my ain abilities," she wrote.

Could any parent desire their kid to larn a better lesson today?

Her repute follows her everywhere -- or at least, wherever her household travels. She express joys as she states that those competitions made her father so proud, he mentioned it in his toast to her Aug. Twenty-Five when she married Charles Taze Russell Lang. And her little sister "still utilizes me as her personal human lexicon -- although that's more of an added fillip for her, I think," wrote Dittus.

We salutation all of this year's spellers. The clip you've set into getting ready for your school or county competitions will pay off in the old age to come, and the dedication you've already shown to academic excellence is a occupation well done.

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