Students prepare for annual Wake County spelling competition

Students across the Wake County Public School System are competing this month for a shot at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C., in May.

But before they get to the national competition, students at 81 participating WCPSS elementary and middle schools must compete in classroom, grade-level and school-wide bees to demonstrate their spelling prowess.

“It helps us read and write better,” said Kelly Baker, runner-up at the Brassfield Road Elementary School Spelling Bee. “It’s fun to spell really long words that some of our parents can’t even spell.”

This is the third year for the annual Wake County Bee, but the first time teachers at Highcroft Drive Elementary have gathered their students to participate, Instructional Resource Teacher Sara Bowers said.

“As a school, we decided this would be a new and exciting experience for the students,” Bowers said. In addition to improving spelling, she said “I think spelling bees help promote the importance of literacy skills, improve study habits, and most importantly develops the child’s self-confidence and public speaking skills.”

One winner from each participating school will go on to the Wake County Spelling Bee, which will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus. The Wake County Bee is sponsored by Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) of Wake County, The News & Observer, and the N.C. State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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