The Story of Our 2017 Spelling Bee Champion
We are proud of spelling bee champion (currently in second grade), here is his story told by his father:
You probably noticed as we did that Lucas was the only kid at the district spelling bee that looked to be having any fun up there. Part of that is his personality, but I believe it also came as a result of the teachers he has had so far. We are very grateful.
In Kindergarten, Ms. Samo (she will always be Ms. Samo to us) introduced Lucas to the spelling bee. That was the day he told me that he wanted to try it. She was also our first experience with a teacher at Quest. Don't ever let her get away!
Then in 1st grade Lucas made it through the lower school bee to participate in the all school bee. Mrs. Skwirut went out of her way to make sure he'd be comfortable. She made time to take the class to the gym so Lucas could practice from the stage.
This year Ms. Cohn has been using spelling bee words for his regular spelling tests. That helped us get through all 1100 words for the district bee in just a few weeks. We had just gotten through them all the night before the bee! Plus she and the Bears have been supportive in every possible way.
I believe all the presentations Lucas has done at school helped him get comfortable up there too. I will always remember the end of year presentation last year where all the first graders put on a newscast to present the information. It was really something to see.
I am sure we will do this again, but nothing may top the experience we have had this year. We plan to go to the regional bee next week to see what to expect at that level.
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