By Iris Ung
The author, Iris Ung, is a student at Wertheimer Middle School
According to their website, Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, whose purpose is to “help students improve their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.” Since the spelling bee program started, schools have participated in this exciting and educational event that has brought new appreciation for the world of spelling. Wertheimer Middle School has also taken part of this engaging event to help foster this passion for learning.
As a competitor, I think that Wertheimer’s participation in the spelling bee not only provides a friendly competition, but an educational experience to excite students as well. The program allows students to explore the impact of spelling and vocabulary on the English language. When asked her thoughts on the benefits of participating in this event, Wertheimer’s spelling bee winner, Saniya Cole, told me, “I think Spelling Bees can improve [my] vocabulary. I can learn and experience new words!” To echo her thoughts, I believe that the Spelling Bee encourages participants to advance their comprehension of their vocabulary. Saniya added, “Spelling Bees are fun, but can be tough!” However challenging, I believe that with bee participation, there are great rewards and opportunities for personal recognition. Another benefit of preparation for the spelling bee is that it motivates all students to advance in their vocabulary and may increase their usage of language beyond the common, “everyday” words!
In conclusion, the Spelling Bee provides a chance to explore new words and vocabulary. Wertheimer’s participation in this process encourages students to advance in their language knowledge and increase their comprehension. Paul Bryant once said, “If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” I believe that hard work will always result in positive outcomes. Let’s start with a “bee” and all work towards becoming “A” students!