By Danby G. Morrison
One of the newest clubs for this year at Wayne Elementary School is Spelling Bee club. A fun club for grades 3-5. The Spelling Bee club is run by Anika Fernandes’ mom Ms. Deborupa Mitra, 2nd grade teacher Ms. Kern, and Mrs. Gale Morrison.
Each week the group meets up on Monday in room 54, and each week they learn about a different culture’s words. For example, one week, the group learned about Asian words (Chinese, Japanese, etc.). They also learn about different types of words, like one week they studied old English. Some of the words for old English are fathom, widow, and maybe shrubbery. The Bee gets help from Scripps and Merriam-Webster creating guides about all of these words.
At the end of every club meeting, the group has a ‘say, spell, say’ game. There’s the 3rd grade line, the 4th grade line, and the 5th grade line. If you’re in the 3rd or 4th grade line, you have the option to move up to the next grade line if you spell the word right.
Great news! They recently had their club spelling bee, and the top two winners who moved on to the county spelling bee are, drumroll please………………………………………………………………ANIKA FERNANDES AND JULIA RICHARDSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, congratulations to them.
I just want to give a huge shout out to Julia and Anika because they did amazing at the bee on Februay 23, 2019! They faced competition from ten other schools and students were from 3rd to 8th graders. The county winners face off at the state level, and that winner travels to Washington, DC, for the national Bee.