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NCEMS Students Compete in the Spelling Bee

By: Slade Uselton

Jonathan Ross

January 15, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School Spelling Bee was held on Friday, January 5 in the gym. There were 12 participants in the bee. This year’s participants were: Taryn Bergman, Andrew Frye, and Messiayah Nolte, eighth grade; Garrett Huerter, Jillian Stueve, and Korbin Macke, seventh grade; Joe Korber, Samantha Holthaus, and Abe Hilbert, sixth grade; Addison Frye, Landon Nolte, and Kaitlyn Hammes, fifth grade.

    Mrs. Angie Bass kicked off the spelling bee by introducing the participants. She then went over the rules of the bee. Mrs. Deb Kramer gave the words to the students while Mrs. Laurie Stallbaumer and Mrs. Bass judged. Each student was required to spell a certain word correctly. If they correctly spelled the word, the contestant would move on to the next round. If they incorrectly spelled the word, the contestant would be eliminated. The students could ask the word to be used in a sentence, the definition of the word, and the origin of the word. After a number of contestants were eliminated, the bee slowly came to an end with Messiayah Nolte taking first, Taryn Bergman with second, and Joe Korber with third.

    “I thought it was a pretty good challenge. There were very good spellers this year,” said Messiayah Nolte.

    The top seven students in the school bee will be moving on to the Nemaha County Spelling Bee. Those that will be moving on are Garrett Huerter, Kaitlyn Hammes, Korbin Macke, Andrew Frye, Joe Korber, Taryn Bergman, and Messiayah Nolte. The students had a great time competing and look forward to participating in the Nemaha County Spelling Bee on January 20. 

    “I was really nervous when I knew I shouldn’t be because I wasn’t expecting to do very good,” says Kaitlyn Hammes.

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