Natrona County School District Spelling Bee

January 16, 2019

Students who placed in 2019 Spelling Bee

Thirty-seven fourth through eighth-grade students from Casper Classical Academy, Centennial, Cottonwood, Dean Morgan, Fort Caspar Academy, Natrona Virtual School, Paradise Valley, Pineview, and Summit registered for the Natrona County School District Spelling Bee that was held Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in the Wyoming Theater at the Ramkota Hotel.

After two hours of writing 75 words and choosing 25 vocabulary words through multiple choice, the top 25 spellers were announced. These 25 students had the fewest words misspelled and the fewest multiple choice answers incorrectly. They were to go on to compete in the afternoon oral rounds.

The oral rounds proved as difficult as the written portion. Seven contestants were eliminated in round one. Round two saw six more contestants head out into the audience to continue watching the competition. Six students misspelled their words in round three. Round four wasn’t any easier, as five more students were excluded from the elite 25.

Round five began with five of the six spellers misspelling their words. Emma Litke, grade 7, from Dean Morgan spelled “contraband” correctly to secure the coveted 1st place Spelling Bee Champion!

The last five spellers continued to orally spell their words into round 10 before the top 5 place winners were crowned in the Natrona County School District Spelling Bee.

From left to right:

1st place: Emma Litke, DM, 7th grade, Laura Stadtfeld, sponsor

2nd place: Kaisha Brown, Casper Classical Academy, 7th grade, Jennifer Alexander, sponsor

3rd place: Isaac Vreeman, CN, 6th grade, Jennifer Alexander, sponsor

4th place: Bailey Watts, Fort Caspar Academy, 4th grade, Stephanie Lamb, sponsor

5th place: Jasleen Licon, Fort Caspar Academy, 5th grade, Stephanie Lamb, sponsor

The State Spelling Bee will be held March 23 in Rock Springs.

NCSD Bee Coordinator, Ruth Putnam would like to stress the importance of spelling. Sure, we can always ask “Google” or “Siri” how to spell a word, but reading Specialist Susan Jones, M.Ed., of has researched how spelling improves reading and writing fluency and how it improves vocabulary and comprehension. Teaching spelling has also been shown to strengthen the connection between letter combination and the sounds they represent.

WOW! Those are some whopping statistics! And we have students as young as third graders participating in our District Spelling Bee!!! Kudos to them and to ALL the Spelling Bee participants. Not only did they have to spell hardwords but they had to know definitions of vocabulary words.

A BIG thank you to the Ramkota Hotel for hosting the event; teachers, participants, and parents; Dr. Charlotte Gilbar, NCSD Executive Director of School Improvement and Curriculum and Instruction for pronouncing the words; Karen East, Regional Director of Sales of the Regency Hotel Management (Ramkota Hotel), Rita Walsh, NCSD Trustee, and Cyndee Guthmiller, NCSD Program Facilitator for Robotics for judging the oral rounds; the twenty-two community members who volunteered their time to correct the students’ written papers; Terry Hooker, NCSD Director of Athletics & Activities and Jason Holt, NCSD Athletics & Activities Facilitator. 

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 S–U–C–C–E–S–S!

See you next January!


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