Fort Frye held its district spelling bee on Feb. 12 at Lowell Elementary School. Salem-Liberty, Lowell, Beverly-Center Elementaries an Fort Frye Junior High sent a total of 19 spellers to compete for the chance to represent Fort Frye at the Regional Spelling bee scheduled March 14 at 7 a.m. in the Marietta High School auditorium. The top four spellers have the opportunity to participate in the regional bee.
The top four spellers were: Colby Sleek, Fort Frye Junior High; Josh Zwick, Fort Frye Junior High; Sophia Curry, Beverly-Center Elementary; and Mitchell Carpenter, Salem-Liberty Elementary. The alternate speller, who will have the opportunity to spell in case of an absence with one of the top four spellers, was Alexandra Dixon, Fort Frye Junior High.
Other participating spellers were: from Salem-Liberty - Lauren Zwick, Sara McElroy, and Jack Zalmanek; from Lowell - Logan Wagner, Jacob Pennington, Sydni Hinton, Emily Lockhart, Davey Thrasher, and Brenton Lemasters; Beverly-Center - Lydia Klinger, Lexie Huck, Chazmin Powell, and Lindsay Heiss; Fort Frye Junior High - Sierra Layson and Madison Duskey.
The pronouncer for the evening was Jamie Moshin from Marietta College. Judges and record keepers were Micah Westerman, Terri Huck, Amy Rynard, Lynette Stengel, Pamela Oliver, and Lenora Lockhart. Other staff members and organizations from each school who contributed to the spelling bee were: Jeff Arnold and Lori Williams, Lowell Elementary custodians who set up tables and chairs; Cindy Worthington, Lowell Librarian, setting up the sound system; Megan Miller, Beverly principal, supplying participant certificates; Krista Ross, Lowell and Salem-Liberty principal, Martha Flieman and Debbie Zimmer from Fort Frye High School, Gerry Lowe, Salem-Liberty, and Linda Hart, superintendent's secretary for distributing information to teachers and/or spellers; Katie Parks and Miles Alexander, student teachers who demonstrated how final rounds would be judged; P.T.O.s from each school plus Susan Rauch from the junior high for supplying trophies, Theresa Warren , Beverly-Center, for ordering the trophies; and former teacher Mark Stillings for assisting with detailed scenarios that could occur during the final rounds of spelling.
Do you have a child living in the Fort Frye School district that will be 5 years of age by Aug. 1? Then mark your calendar for March 10-14. Kindergarten Registration will be held at each elementary office during school hours. Incoming Beverly-Center students may be registered by visiting the school office from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day. Please bring the child's birth certificate, immunization record, court documents showing custody or legal guardianship - where applicable - and proof of residency such as a current utility bill or rental agreement identifying a physical address. An appointment for screening will be scheduled at this time. Please call the Beverly-Center office at 984-2371 for more information.
Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.