Spelling Bee 2013

     “Academics in Action” provided the educational tone for the evening of Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 6:00pm in Bonner Middle School’s Commons, at Bonner’s 3rd Annual Spelling Bee. Nine contestants representing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams competed for the honor of the school’s top speller. Principal Kevin Whitlock graciously greeted the assembly and introduced the Judges: Bonner Assistant Principal, Lillian Guzlowski, GWHS Assistant Principal, Larry Toomer, and Bonner Librarian, Laura Sadler. Dr. Dave Cochran, Director of Middle School Instruction & Accountability, served as Pronouncer; and Mr. Raymond Smith, Bonner Assistant Principal assumed the Master of Ceremonies responsibility and announced the spellers after reading an overview of rules and guidelines to the audience. As the students competed, cautiously spelling each word letter-by-letter, the spectators’ suspense quietly escalated until the silence burst into an explosion of applause as the 8th grade Soaring Eagles representative, Jaidan Harrell, in Shawn Tickle’s English class, won the Spelling Bee. The 2nd place winner was 6th grade student, Lynden Gilstrap, from Kathleen Grantier’s AG English class, representing the Ponies’ team. The 1st place winner, Jaidan Harrell, received a $50.00 gift card from Walmart, as well as, the honor of being the school’s top speller; the 2nd place winner, Lynden Gilstrap, received a $25.00 Walmart gift card. Both Jaidan and Lynden will advance to the City-wide Spelling Bee competition representing O. T. Bonner Middle School in the spring of 2014.

     As we celebrate Jaidan and Lynden’s academic success, we would be amiss not to acknowledge that twenty additional students demonstrated their academic excellence in spelling by qualifying as competing contestants and alternates from among the remaining students in their grade levels. Our congratulations are extended to all of our Bonner students who demonstrated their spelling excellence throughout “Academics in Action.”