The oral portion of the 6th Annual Arnold Spelling Bee was held in the Arnold Gymnasium on Tuesday, February 3rd at 1 p.m. There were 17 contestants from grades 4th through 8th grade. The spelling order was randomly determined. Students in grades 4th through 8th grades competed in the local spelling bee which was given orally. The kids began with a practice round where they spelled their names.
After a bit of “technical difficulty” with the microphones, the students were off to a strong start in the bee. In the 9th round, the field of spellers was narrowed down to Logan Coleman (8), Jadeyn Bubak (6), and Sam Cool (6). They each spelled a word. Logan and Jadeyn did not spell their words correctly, however that didn’t mean they were out either. It came down to if Sam could spell his word: edification. He did spell it correctly. But that only meant his won this round. He still had to spell in the championship round and spell the word correctly. Luckily, the night before when he was studying with mom, the discussed that “ipso facto” was spelled just as it sounded.
Sam Cool was crowned the Arnold Spelling Champion for 2015 and earned a spot to attend the Custer County Spelling Bee on February 12th. Jadeyn and Logan Coleman tied for 2nd place in the Arnold Spelling Bee. Because Jadeyn had already qualified for the Broken Bow Competition, along with Silas Cool (4), Regan Cool (5), Jace Connell (7) and Tatum Cool (8), Logan Coleman and Stella Lewis (who earned 4th place) will fill the other two spots on Thursday, February 12th in Broken Bow.
The Custer County Spelling Bee will be held at the Municipal Building at 1 p.m.. This will be a written test. Winners of that bee will then advance to the State Omaha World Herald Spelling Bee, which is a written and oral test.
Good luck to all of our spellers and hopefully we can qualify someone to go to Omaha later this spring.