Laicee Kenner, Jared Ward and Paul Bryner show their Regional Spelling Bee trophies.
Jared Ward, 6th grader from Albert R. Lyman Middle School in San Juan District, was declared top speller after a competitive eleven rounds in the annual Region Spelling Bee. Jared wasn't a bit stumped by words such as jovial, curriculum, ductile, albatross or even hydrology and herbivore. The final word that brought him out on top was "parfait." By the end of Round 3 the pool of 15 spellers was narrowed to five.
Paul Bryner, a 6th grader from Creekview Elementary, took second place. Laicee Kenner from Emery District was declared third place winner.
Sponsored by the Southeast Education Service Center, this year's Region Bee was held at Grand County High in Moab. The Region Bee is a preliminary competition in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held during Bee Week 2011, May 29-June 4 in Washington D.C.
As first place speller, Jared received a trip for two to Maryland and Washington D.C. to compete in the National Bee. He also was awarded a $100 U. S. Savings Bond and Webster's Third New International Dictionary. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place spellers received a year's subscription to Encylopaedia Brittannica Online.
In addition, Paul Bryner and Laicee Kenner received a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate.
Top three spellers grades 4 through 8 from Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan School Districts as well as Pinnacle Academy advanced to the Region Bee from bees held earlier this year.
Carbon spellers included Paul Bryner and Caleb Starzel-Linville (6th, Creekview Elementary), and Jade Shepherd (4th,Wellington Elementary).
Pinnacle Academy participants were Jared Brandt (5th), Michael Urbanik (7th), and Isaac Finley (6th).
The Scripps Bee is the nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Canada, China, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Bee's purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
The Louisville Courier-Journal started the event with nine contestants in 1925. In 1941 Scripps assumed sponsorship of the program. There was no Scripps National Spelling Bee during the World War II years of 1943, 1944, and 1945. Co-champions were declared in 1950, 1957, and 1962. Of the 85 champions, 44 have been girls and 41 have been boys.