GMS Hosts Annual Spelling Bee
By Shanda Rogers
GMS English Teacher
At Grenada Middle School, students compete in science fairs, reading fairs, sports, and let’s not forget about the GMS Spelling Bee competition, where students aspire to compete in the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. According to the Scripp’s website at www.spellingbee.com, the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee program is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion. This organization enrolls schools from around the country, works with local spelling bee sponsors, produces word lists and study materials, and coordinates the national finals.
The GMS competition is important for many reasons. The participating students develop courage and self-confidence as they spell words at random before their teachers, parents, and peers. It also encourages students to improve knowledge of spelling rules, increase vocabularies, learn to break words apart, and develop correct English usage in a fun and competitive way. The Spelling Bee competition draws the words for the contest from a designated book of study words. To enable the students to effectively prepare for the big event, spellers have mock spelling bees and declare a champion for each day.
To encourage participation some teachers introduce students to the Scripp’s National Bee by viewing the movie Akeelah and the Bee in the classroom. After the school is registered with Scripp’s, an announcement is made school-wide and all interested students can sign up in English class.
At the GMS local spelling bee, the top five spellers are rewarded with money prizes and special recognition. The local Spelling Bee champion, however, receives an all-expense paid trip to Memphis, Tennessee, to represent Grenada at the Mid-South Spelling Bee and has an opportunity to qualify for the Scripp’s National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to Kopper’s Inc., the PTO, and the GMS English teachers, the GMS Spelling Bee creates memorable moments that will last a lifetime for our students.