BY CAROL ROEHM
Students from Rossville-Alvin were triumphant last week when they spelled more words correctly than three other area middle schools during an annual spelling bee.
The two top teams from each sectional competition held in mid-February advanced to the 2013 spelling bee finals on Thursday — sponsored by the Vermilion County Regional Office of Education, The Commercial-News and Danville Area Community College.
Each of the four spellers per school were asked to spell 18 words during the competition.
Assistant Regional Superintendent Mark Janesky said the Rossville-Alvin students spelled 67 out of 72 words correctly, earning them first place.
Coming in second place was Oakwood, whose students spelled 60 words out of 72 correctly.
Third place went to the students of Danville Lutheran School, who spelled 57 out of 72 words correctly.
Coming in fourth place were the students of Mary Miller School in Georgetown, with 51 words spelled correctly.
The words the students were given to spell came from a list of 3,000 words that the Regional Office of Education has had for years. The schools received the spelling list ahead of time so that teachers could practice spelling the words with their students in the classroom.
First- and second-place plaques were given to the top two school teams — Rossville-Alvin and Oakwood — that spelled the most words correctly.
Individual medallions also were awarded to students who spell the most words correctly.
Janesky said Rossville-Alvin’s Taylor Gasper and Danville Lutheran School’s Lauren Ferris both received medals for perfectly spelling all 18 words given to them.