In conjunction with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Butterfield-Odin held their first annual spelling bee Friday, Feb. 1, at the Butterfield-Odin High School big gym.
“We’re starting small, but it could turn into something big soon,” said superintendent and designated spelling bee pronouncer Lisa Shellum.
Participants from the seventh and eighth grade were brought on stage to spell words of various levels of difficulty. They were competing for a first prize of $75, which was collected from box top sales. Second and third place also received prizes in the amount of $50 and $25 - while the elementary level champions all received $25 and a certificate.
There were a total of 26 students participating in the spelling contest. The first student was eliminated in the first round of competition after misspelling the word steep. Three more students were eliminated before the first round was over.
Only the fourth and seventh rounds were completed without an elimination. A few of the students who were eliminated spelled a word correctly, but didn’t ask for a definition, resulting in them spelling the wrong word. Words like main and pair eliminated students in the second round. Other students misspelled words like stable, dire, faulty, and magnificent to be eliminated leading to the final round of three.
Students Jorge Herrera, Lukas Pierson and Julie Sanders then competed for the top prize and a trip to the regional spelling bee.
Jorge Herrera was eliminated after misspelling the word prominent. He won the third prize of $25 and a certificate of accomplishment.
Julie and Lukas fought it out for the title. Julie was the first to slip, but Lukas was unable to finish the competition and they continued back and forth for a few rounds.
It was Julie – spelling the word emulate correctly – who would be crowned champion Friday night.
Lukas won the second prize certificate and $50. He will be the alternate for the regional spelling bee.
Julie won the $75 top prize and certificate and will represent Butterfield-Odin School at the regional competition at South Central College in Mankato Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m.
The Scripps national spelling bee objective states that in addition to improving students’ spelling skills and increasing their vocabularies, spelling bee participation provides valuable experience in developing poise—a necessary skill for success in public speaking, performing arts and athletics.