Local News

October 10, 2012

Columbia crushes competition

Columbia Middle School won first place in the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee Tuesday.

LOGANSPORT — Team members groaned and cheered Tuesday night as they spelled or misspelled five-syllable words like chiaroscuro and glossolalia in the Great Grown-up Spelling Bee.

The team from Columbia Middle School won first place out of 17 teams in the 21st annual bee. The event raised about $2,000 for the Literacy Volunteers of Cass County.

As the proctor read each word and then used it in a sentence, the team members from local organizations and businesses jotted down their guesses and flipped their scorecards to reflect wins and losses.

Fifty words and an additional 10 tiebreaker words were selected from a national spelling bee list for the competition.  

“We try not to make it overwhelmingly challenging,” said Dave Miller, president of the Literacy Volunteers of Cass County. “We don’t want to discourage people to participate.”

Columbia Middle School finished first, while Steinberger Construction took second place, and Calvary Presbyterian took third.

Pioneer Schools, known as the Spellbinders, won the Spirit Award. Words like obfuscatory earned whistles of admiration and dismay from the team members.

To enter the bee, the teams pay a $100 registration fee, which goes toward providing materials for the literacy volunteer program.

Miller said the event is a fun way to raise money for books and other resources for the literacy volunteer program, but also to recruit tutors to help educate adults in Cass County who have trouble reading.

“It is a fundraiser for us, but it is also a way to promote the organization, “ Miller said.

The literacy volunteers train tutors and match them with an adult in the county, Miller said. Their current volunteer pool of about 28 people helps between 35 and 45 adults, said Nancy Taylor of the literacy group.

To prepare for the event, Pam Steinberger of the Steinberger Construction Team said she had been studying a dictionary, paying special attention to the difficult words.

Veteran team members from the Landis Elementary Team prepared to face the competition under the ironic team name “Supur dupeer spelurs.” Greg Dominick, a fourth-grade teacher at Landis, said like last year, their goal was still to beat the other schools in the bee.“We definitely want to beat Columbia,” Dominick said before the bee.

Julie Gaumer, a ninth-grade English teacher and member of Mike Anderson’s “Super Bees,” said she enjoys participating because she’s able to experience the same emotions as her students who compete in spelling bees at school.

“There is some pressure, but it’s good,” Gaumer said. Miller said he wants to continue the fundraiser to support the organization.

“It has been successful and with that success we want to keep the people interested and keep our organization funded,” Miller said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT042514 caston play alice.jpg Back in character: Caston students take the stage FULTON -- For the first time in eight years, students are taking the Caston stage for a high school play. Caston High School students will perform "Alice in Wonderland" today and May 2 in an effort to bring back the school's annual stage productions.

    April 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Panel discusses renewable energy, public power Professionals in the energy industry and economic development discussed public power and renewable energy Wednesday night at an event organized by a community organization urging citizens to explore alternatives to Logansport officials' pursuit of an

    April 25, 2014

  • City council considers putting polygraph fees on applicants Logansport City Council will vote on an ordinance that would require applicants to the city's police and fire departments to pay the costs of their polygraph tests, which would then be returned if and when they pass. Logansport Police Chief Mike Clar

    April 25, 2014

  • Boy severely injured in crash out of ICU A boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash April 6 has left the intensive care unit and undergone what doctors and his family hope to be his final brain surgery. Kohle Wildrick, 12, a Galveston Elementary sixth-grade student, remains hospitalized

    April 24, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 25, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 24, 2014

  • NWS-PT042414 Princess Singing-MAK Fairy tale remix: Lewis Cass presents "Once Upon a Mattress" WALTON -- Barbra Burch played Queen Aggravain in Lewis Cass High School's 1985 production of "Once Upon a Mattress." Twenty-nine years later, she is directing the musical at the school. "It's kind of surreal," she said. "There are some things that ta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Indiana Packers opening Frankfort plant FRANKFORT -- Delphi-based Indiana Packers bought a former Birchwood Foods meat plant in Frankfort and plans to reopen it this summer. Indiana Packers, which employs 2,000 full time at its Delphi plant, is investing $2.28 million to purchase, renovate

    April 24, 2014

  • Minding the nutrition gap Almost one in five children in Cass County who sometimes don't have access to enough food for a healthy life aren't eligible for federal assistance programs designed to address that lack, a new study indicates. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap proj

    April 24, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

     View Results