The 30th Weston Democrat/Lewis County Schools Spelling Bee will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, at 8 a.m. Lewis County Schools again partnered with The Weston Democrat in sponsoring this year’s bee.
However, donors are still needed to provide prizes for the county winners. If any business or individual is interested in donating, please contact The Weston Democrat.
All four elementary schools and Robert L. Bland Middle School are holding school-wide spelling bees in preparation for the county-wide bee in January.
Schools participating include: Peterson-Central Elementary, Jane Lew Elementary, Leading Creek Elementary, Roanoke Elementary and Robert L. Bland Middle School.
This year’s judges are Jane Lew Mayor Ruth Straley, TALA owner and operator Rebecca Jordan-Gleason, and Lewis County Commissioner Rod Wyman. This regional spelling bee will be held in Taylor County this school year.
The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will be entitled to go to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Words have been provided by Scripps Spelling Bee.
After the pronouncer gives the contestant a word, the contestant may pronounce the word before spelling it, if she/he chooses to.
The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce the word, define it or use it in a sentence.
Having started to spell a word, a contestant may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning, but in retracing, there can be no change of letters and their sequences from those first pronounced. If letters and their sequence are changed in the spelling, the speller will be disqualified.
The judges will confer and accept or reject each spelling. If the word is misspelled the judges will correctly spell the word to give the speller instant feedback. The next speller will receive a new word.
When the speller misspells a word, he/she immediately drops out of the contest. The bee is conducted in rounds with all eligible spellers getting a word.
If all spellers in a round misspell, the round is repeated.
When the competition is reduced to two spellers—if the first person misspells the next word and the second person spells that same word correctly—the second contestant will be the first place winner, the first speller becomes the second place winner.
If both spellers misspell the word, then the round begins again, following the above rules.
The judges are in complete control of the contest. Their decision shall be final on all questions.
Master of ceremonies and pronouncer for the local spelling bee is Weston Democrat Reporter Rebecca Young.
The Weston Democrat would also like to thank Lewis County High School for the use of the auditorium to host the Spelling Bee and LCHS student Rachel Hall for helping with sound and lights for the bee.