Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Spelling bee quizzes BES students

January 17, 2001

"Twice" would have been a good word for Logan Keener to spell during the Baldwin Elementary School spelling bee on Friday because that's how many times he has won the school spelling bee.

"I don't remember another time when we've had a repeat winner," said BES principal Tom Mundinger about Keener, who is in Donna Reed's fifth-grade class.

Keen spelled "sleigh," a word missed by fourth-grader Sara Rommelfanger, and then got "issues" correct to win the spelling bee. He will represent the school at the Douglas County spelling bee on Feb. 10. At the county contest, Keener will be up against students in grades four through eight.

"It is rare that an elementary student ends up at the top," Mundinger said. "They are going against seventh and eighth-graders."

However, Keener is getting used to the pressure. Mundinger said being put on the spot is part of the educational experience a spelling bee provides.

"They gain the experience of putting themselves on the line, so to speak," Mundinger said.

Runner-up Rommelfanger wasn't even expecting to be in the school spelling bee. She was a last minute replacement for a member of her class who could not participate.

"She did well," Mundinger said. "Maybe she didn't have time to get nervous."

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