North­side’s Thomp­son ad­vances to Ben­ton County Spell­ing Bee

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - MIKE ECK­ELS meck­[email protected]

DE­CATUR — North­side Ele­men­tary held its an­nual third- and fourth-grade spell­ing bee in the school cafe­te­ria in De­catur on Dec. 7. In all, 25 students par­tic­i­pated in the one­day event.

Brook­lyn Thomp­son, a third grader at North­side, won the com­pe­ti­tion and ad­vanced to the Ben­ton County Spell­ing Bee to be held at White Au­di­to­rium on the cam­pus of North­west Arkansas Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Bentonville on Satur­day.

If Thomp­son is un­able to at­tend the county spell­ing bee, al­ter­nate Jaylen Pham, a fourth grader at North­side, will take her place.

The con­cept of the spell­ing bee is sim­ple. Each com­peti­tor is given a word to spell. If the stu­dent spells the word cor­rectly, he or she ad­vances to the next round. Students who mis­spell words are elim­i­nated. The words get pro­gres­sively harder un­til the last two com­peti­tors are left stand­ing. Should one of the students mis­spell the as­signed word, the other stu­dent has to spell the word cor­rectly to win the spell­ing bee and ad­vance to the county, state and na­tional spell­ing bees.

The ear­li­est known con­cept of the spell­ing bee dates back to 1808 and was called a “spell­ing match.” These com­pe­ti­tions were linked to Daniel Web­ster, the au­thor of the first dic­tionary.

The first of­fi­cial spell­ing bee was started in 1925 in Louisville, Ky., by The Courier-Jour­nal news­pa­per. Six­teen years later, in 1941, the Scripps Howard News Ser­vice took over the pro­gram and con­tin­ues it to­day as the Scripps Na­tional Spell­ing Bee.

The first win­ner of the 1925 con­test was an 11-year-old named Frank Neuhauser.

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Brook­lyn Thomp­son (right), a third grader at North­side Ele­men­tary, will be go­ing to the Ben­ton County Spell­ing Bee in Bentonville Jan. 12 af­ter win­ning her school’s event Dec. 7 in De­catur. Should Thomp­son be un­able to com­pete, Jaylen Pham, a fourth grader at North­side, will take her place.

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