NCSD Spelling Bee Teaches Students Sportsmanship and Public Speaking Skills!


This year marks nine decades of the National Spelling Bee! It first started in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Little did they know that 90 years later their literacy effort would reach 11 million students every year!

Students from all walks of life have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and our spellers are capable of more than they ever dreamed. Participating in a spelling bee teaches them valuable lessons about sportsmanship, public speaking and the value of friendship. It’s about inspiring confidence and a love of language that lasts a lifetime.

Every year, a speller (or two!) is declared the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion in Washington, DC. Their journeys started just like your child’s – at home or in a classroom across America.

Sixty-seven second through eighth grade students from Casper Classical Academy, Centennial, Cottonwood, CY, Dean Morgan, Fort Caspar Academy, Midwest and Pineview registered for the Spelling Bee held at the Ramkota Hotel.

After two hours of 75 written words and 25 vocabulary words in the morning and another couple hours in the afternoon of orally spelling words, the top five competitors were confirmed:


Paige Asmus, CCA, 8th grade, Jennifer Alexander, sponsor – 5th place

Damon Berryhill, DM, 8th grade, Barbara Boster, sponsor – 4th place

Gary Tong, DM, 8th grade, Barbara Boster, sponsor – 3rd place

Harley Reeves, CY, 8th grade, Jill Weibel, sponsor – 2nd place

Jack Dawson, Pineview, 5th grade, Theresa Produit, sponsor – 1st place


Jack Dawson correctly spelled desperado and then was given the anticipated champion word Argentine, which he spelled correctly to become the Natrona County School District Spelling Bee Champion. Congratulations Jack!

Jack, Harley and Gary will travel to Rock Springs March 11 for the State Spelling Bee and compete against other winners throughout Wyoming with Damon and Paige as alternates. The Wyoming state winner will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 28 – June 3.

We are proud of ALL the participants as they are outstanding spellers in our District! Not only did they have to spell hard words but they had to know definitions of vocabulary words. They all did an AWESOME job and represented their own school and the Natrona County School District very well. We heard compliments from many adults who said all the children were very polite, well behaved and such great spellers. Participating in the District Spelling Bee is a “feather in your cap” that you can proudly wear!

The 2016 Wyoming State National Spelling Bee participant was Shiva Yeshlur, a 6th grade student from Pilot Butte Elementary School in Rock Springs. His favorite subject in school is mathematics and he likes to learn about math concepts in his free time. Jessie is his favorite television show, but Shiva also enjoys watching Shark Tank and Mad Money, as he loves to invest in stocks with his birthday and Christmas money. Shiva enjoys listening to both classical and jazz music. He plays three instruments: flute, alto saxophone and piano.

The NCSD Athletics & Activities office coordinates the District Spelling Bee. To be part of next year’s Spelling Bee, please contact our office. It’s never too early to start spelling your way to SUCCESS!


-courtesy of NCSD Athletics and Activities Office 


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