Jacob Rabaey wins spelling bee
With the correct spelling of the word, "graffiti," the annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School Spelling Bee competition ended, and eighth-grader Jacob Rabaey was the champion. His name will be engraved on a plaque in the school foyer, along with all the past spelling bee champions.
Other students who qualified for the final competition were: sixth grade -- Kelsey Baker, Nicholas Enders, Logan Boogren and Katie Peine; seventh grade -- Angelina Masciopinto, Stewart Tetzlaff and Jackson Gergen, Dominic Tappella; and eighth grade -- Grace Bauer, Dob Kintz and Jake Erredge.
The school's spelling bee is under the direction of Seton teacher Darlene Thiele. The bee has been an annual event since 1996, she said.
"(The teachers and staff) were concerned about spelling -- what with the use of computers and Internet," she said. "The students were depending on the computer to do their spelling. It did have an impact."
She and other teachers resumed stressing spelling rules and encouraged students to use them. The spelling bee was part of the approach.
The words for the spelling bee were from the National Spelling Bee program. All sixth- to eighth- grade students participated in both written and oral rounds before the finals.