“We think this is pretty exciting,” said Lakeshore Middle School reading specialist Annie Ratke. “We wanted to be a part of this to encourage language use and vocabularies with our students.”
The 30 students — 10 from each grade — were selected from a classroom spelling competition.
“From the class bees, we selected representatives from each grade level to participate in the competition,” Ratke said.
According to Ratke, the Lakeshore spelling bee used the format from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
“We are using their words,” she said, adding kids were given a list of about 450 words to study from prior to Friday’s event.
From Lakeshore Middle School, Ratke said the winner will go on to a regional bee on Feb. 15. The winner of that event then proceeds to the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee.
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