Local spellers ranked among best in state

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Reese Mundy of Ireland, 10, raised her hand to indicate she spelled a word correctly during the annual Spell Bowl competition Thursday at Cedar Crest Intermediate School in Bretzville. The Ireland Elementary Spell Bowl team spelled every word correctly with the exception of one word in the final round to win the orange division with 55 out of a possible 56 points. When compared to other teams across the state, Ireland finished third overall in their division.

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Members of Dubois County elementary Spell Bowl teams were honored as some of the top spellers in the state after their annual competition Thursday at Cedar Crest Intermediate School in Bretzville.

Spellers from the schools competed at the local contest and their results were compared with hundreds of schools across the state. The schools were separated into classes based on enrollment and whether or not sixth-graders were on the rosters. All teams spelled a total of 56 words.

Local competition champion Ireland Elementary placed third in the state in the orange class with a near-perfect score of 55 correct spellings. Smoky Row Elementary of Carmel took home the first-place honor with a perfect score of 56 points.

In the same class, Huntingburg Elementary placed 66th with a score of 39, and Tenth Street Elementary in Jasper finished just behind in 67th place with an identical score.

Cedar Crest’s Gold team (the school has enough participants for two teams) placed 18th in the competition’s blue class with 51 points, while the school’s Green team placed 30th in the state with 47 correct spellings. Cowan Elementary School of Muncie took home the division title.

In the green class, Holy Trinity Catholic School in Jasper earned 7th place in the state by locking in 48 correct words. St. Gabriel Parochial School in Connersville took home the class title with a 55-point performance.

In the red class, Holland took home 41st place with a score of 37. The Indianapolis Sycamore School took home the state championship with a score of 54.

At the junior and senior level, area middle and high school teams competed in a state finals contest on Nov. 11 that also yielded several high-place finishes.

Heritage Hills Middle School notched third place in Class 3 with a score of 44 points while Southridge Middle School also competed in the group and finished fifth with a score of 39. Dubois Middle School went to the Class 4 finals and placed fifth with a score of 29 points.

Heritage Hills High School was named the state runner-up in Senior Class 3 with a score of 68 — just one behind state champion Andrean High School in Merrillville. The high school division tasks participants with spelling 90 words broken into 10, nine-word rounds. Forest Park High School finished fifth in the class with 40 points.

In Senior Class 4, Northeast Dubois High School placed fourth with a score of 55 points. Kouts High School took home the Class 4 state championship on the back of 82 correct spellings.

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