LCIS Annual Spelling Bee
On February 2, 2018 LCIS had their annual Spelling Bee. It was even more exciting than usual – maybe even Olympic level spelling! Students participating in the bee were the winners of their classroom level spelling bee, so they had already gotten a little taste of the competition.
We began the bee at 8:15 with our pronouncer, Kim Kortkamp, our host, Dan Leonhard, and our esteemed judges; John Nelson, Dolores Semsack, Ron Axel, and Jackie Radilla. The excitement was palpable! The original 26 spellers quickly dwindled to our final four. Even though the student audience wanted to stay and watch, we were approaching the one hour mark and they had to be dismissed to classes. The parents and judges were glued to their seats with the suspense of it all! Finally, we had a winner of the bee, Rowan Chiment-Scimeca – but…it was her last day as a student at LCIS! She was moving to another state and would be unable to represent out school for the State Spelling Bee. We had to have a spell-off in order to determine a runner up. Ms. Kortkamp and the judges were amazingly generous with their time and after another 30 minutes and use of the alternate spelling list, we had a runner up – Susie Bullock! Third grader Chloe King and 4th grader Gisselle Sarabia hung in there until the very end and gave the older girls a run for their money. Congratulations to all of our fabulous participants and good luck to Susie on March 10th at the State Spelling Bee in Denver!
Judges: Ron Axel, John Nelson, Jackie Radilla, Dolores Semsack
Spellers: Rowan Chiment-Scimeca, Giselle Sarabia, Chloe King, Susie Bullock