Lindop Student Wins School Spelling Bee, Is A Step Closer To ESPN

Friday, January 18, 2019 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Amari Owens savors victory after winning the annual Lindop School Spelling Bee on Friday. | Shanel Romain

A student from Lindop Elementary School, 2400 S. 18th Ave. in Broadview, is on her way to the 9th Annual West 40 ISC Scripps Spelling Bee in Western Springs after winning her school-wide competition on Jan. 18.

The annual Lindop School Spelling Bee was divided into two sections, with one held for students in grades first through fourth. The winner of this round of competition, fourth-grader Kordae Walker, went on to compete in a second round against students in the fifth through eighth grades.

Amari Owens, a sixth-grader, won the overall competition and is headed to Western Springs, where she’ll compete at McClure Jr. High School on Feb. 4 for a chance to advance to the Regional Championship spelling bee on Feb. 20.

Students who competed in Lindop’s school-wide spelling bee show off their certificates. | Shanel Romain

The winner of the regional competition advances to the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. That annual event is broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.

“Our students have been working very hard spelling various lists,” said Emily Rubenstein, one of the co-chairs of the Lindop spelling bee. The other co-chairs are Martha Kowalczyk and Rachelle Wilson.

Fourth-grader Kordae Walker competing with older students during Lindop’s spelling bee. | Shanel Romain

“They competed in classroom spelling bees and the winners of each class then participated in the school-wide spelling bee,” she said, before emphasizing the importance of spelling to students’ overall academic experience.

The school-wide spelling bee at Lindop was preceded by classroom spelling bees, school officials said. | Shanel Romain

“A good speller is a good reader and writer,” she said. “Spelling is a life skill that will help students in language and communication as they grow.” VFP

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