Victory is spelled S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E-D
Spelling bee winners from Bay Roberts almost didn’t compete
The top two finishers at the annual agriculture spelling bee at the Trinity Conception fall fair this year are neighbours.
Parker Lynch and Jenna Deering of Amalgamated Academy took first and second place respectively on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace.
Surprising to some perhaps, both Grade 5 students were considering not coming to the event.
“Parker was really nervous,” his mom Krista said. “He didn’t know if he wanted to come.”
But he did, and he was quite surprised with the result.
“Some of (the words) I knew, some of them I guessed,” the quiet 10-year-old said. “I was surprised when I won.”
His final word of the competition was ‘confederation,’ which he spelled with ease. But he admitted it was the hardest word he had to spell since it was the one that determined if he would win or not.
For Jenna, who barely said a word when The Compass chatted with her, it was a bigger surprise. Mom Deanne said she almost didn’t sign up because she is so shy.
“She had to think about it,” her mom explained. “She slept on it.”
Jenna surprised the audience with her spelling of the word ‘zucchini,’ which two others had already misspelled in the competition.
Parker’s teacher Wendy O’Reilly was on hand to support the students, and she was so pleased she was able to at- tend.
“Last year the school held its curriculum night the same night as (the spelling bee),” she said.
But she put a word in to the school to ensure she could attend to cheer on her students.
O’Reilly wasn’t surprised Parker earned the top spot. She joked about how much he enjoys reading.
“If the fire alarm goes off at school, I might have to pick him up and bring him out,” she laughed. “He always has a book in his hands.”
Parker laughed, and said reading is his favourite hobby. But when asked what his favourite school subject is, he quickly responded with math.
Although they were the spellers, both winners were grateful their parents and siblings were on hand for the event. Their parents are also friends.
Parker and Jenna were the last to leave the stage, but when they did they each received plenty of hugs and kisses from mom and dad.
“It was not expected,” Parker’s dad Cory said, noting the students were given a word list to study two days prior to the event. “I don’t think even one of the words (in the competition) was on that list.”
Third and fourth place went to Maggie Shute and Jacob Downing, both of hometown school St. Francis.
Trinity Conception fall fair agriculture spelling bee champion Parker Lynch (front left) and his runner up Jenna Deering (front right) are neighbours in Bay Roberts. They were joined by their families after the competition Thursday, Sept. 24 to celebrate. They are, back (l-r) — Cory Lynch, Krista Lynch, Sheldon Deering, Deanne Deering and Cole Deering; front centre — Connor Lynch.
Maggie Shute and Jacob Downing took third and fourth place at the Trinity Conception fall fair agriculture spelling bee on Thursday, Sept. 24 in Harbour Grace.