Vic­tory is spelled S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E-D

Spell­ing bee win­ners from Bay Roberts al­most didn’t com­pete

The Compass - - NEWS - COL­UMN

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.

MELISSA JENK­INS/THE COM­PASS

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.

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