Central hosts elementary Spell Bowl

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Students from five local elementary schools will be among the dozens competing at the Elementary Spell Bowl competition Thursday at Central Elementary School.

Two teams from Bainbridge, as well as teams from Roachdale, Tzouanakis, Fillmore, Cloverdale and Central, will take part.

Statewide, approximately 4,500 students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from around the state are preparing for the 23rd annual competition, which will take place at more than 30 sites around the state on Thursday. More than 400 teams of eight students each will compete.

The Indiana Academic Spell Bowl is a team concept with no individual winners. Each round consists of one team member writing the correct spelling of seven words while competing against one team member from each other school. Students are seated on the gym floor or auditorium stage.

Each word is graded immediately and an individual scoring chart maintains a running team score as the evening progresses. While students are waiting to compete, they sit in a cheer block to cheer for their teammates.

The team members of the schools with highest scores in each of the four enrollment classifications at each site will be recognized with awards after the competition. In addition, the top 10 teams in each enrollment classification statewide will receive either a plaque or certificate to place in their school.

The competition is administered by the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs, and sponsored by Purdue University. The competition is similar to the Spell Bowl competition held in the senior high schools and junior high/middle schools.

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