Nebo hosts first El­e­men­tary Key­board­ing Cham­pi­onship

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On April 13, hun­dreds of fourth- and fifth-grade stu­dents and their par­ents gath­ered at Span­ish Fork High School for Nebo School Dis­trict’s first-ever El­e­men­tary Key­board­ing Cham­pi­onship. Stu­dents were selected to rep­re­sent their schools in the cham­pi­onship based on their re­mark­able key­board­ing skills.

Af­ter three rounds of com­pe­ti­tion, 14 fifth-grade stu­dents and 17 fourth-grade stu­dents were an­nounced as win­ners of this year’s cham­pi­onship. The top key­boarder in the fifth grade keyed over 100 words per minute. The top fourth-grade key­boarder keyed over 90 words per minute.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Nebo Credit Union, a to­tal of $800 was awarded to stu­dents. Each first-place win­ner was awarded a $100 gift card. Sec­ond-place win­ners re­ceived a $75 gift card, third-place win­ners re­ceived a $50 gift card, fourth-place win­ners re­ceived a $25 gift card, and places fifth through 16th re­ceived a $10 bill. Thanks go to Macey’s Gro­cery Store for pro­vid­ing water and snacks as well as Span­ish Fork High School for al­low­ing use of their com­puter labs and cafe­te­ria for this great event.

Fifth-grade win­ners were: First, Fran­cisca Her­nan­dez; sec­ond, Kayla Huish; third, Aiden At­wood; fourth, Caleb Isom; fifth, Sean Chan­dler; sixth, Brycen Asay; sev­enth, Sa­van­nah Stin­son; eighth, Nique Dixon; ninth, Sueisen Gar­cia; 10th, Jake Yoder; 11th, David Bartholomew; 12th, Kim Saili; 13th, Ash­lyn Boyes; and 14th, Sam Whi­taker.

Fourth-grade win­ners were: First, Brit­ton Childs; sec­ond, Han­nah Beecher; third, Ash­ton Beehre; fourth, Matthew Mellinger; fifth, Tyler Phelps; sixth, Mcken­zie Cook; sev­enth, Eli El­der; eighth, Hailee Evans; ninth (tie), Paris Terry and Emily Gwilliam; 10th Mika Krom­men­hoek; 11th Kay­den Labrum; 12th Noah But­ler; 13th Maci Niel­son; 14th Nathan Swin­ford; 15th Joren Row­ley; and 16th, Vic­to­ria Lid­dle.

Nebo has a re­mark­able team of key­board­ing teach­ers each of whom is re­spon­si­ble for four el­e­men­tary schools. Each one helps ev­ery fourth-grade stu­dent and ev­ery fifth-grade stu­dent de­velop a key­board­ing skill that will help him or her be ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive in to­day’s tech­nol­ogy-based so­ci­ety.

Nebo’skey­board­ing spe­cial­ists are Randy Bartholomew, Deb Bigler, Kim Clyde, Ha­ley Hales, Patty Holt, Lor­raine Tut­tle and April Wil­liams. Nebo uses its own key­board­ing ma­te­ri­als – which were de­vel­oped to meet the spe­cific needs of Nebo’s key­board­ing pro­grams – to help stu­dents de­velop their key­board­ing skills.

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