By Lauren Prince
A student at Wertheimer MS, Rachel Mgbeike, a girl who loves singing, solving puzzles, reading, and playing piano and guitar, won the Spelling Bee at Wertheimer Middle School on December 14. This was her first spelling bee and she did really well. Her next spelling bee is at county level and will be held February 18 at Briscoe Junior High. I had the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with Rachel about the spelling bee and we talked about her experiences.
Rachel claims that she has always been a strong speller and said, “I took a whole lot of spelling tests and I’ve done UIL spelling since fourth grade, so I guess I’m a natural speller.” It was her first spelling bee and she said, “I thought it was just like a spelling test, but you have to say it orally.” She prepared for the bee by asking her parents to quiz her and by practicing the words a lot. Although she practiced a lot, she was still nervous during the bee. She said that it started getting more difficult towards the end of the rounds. She said, “The last word I won on I did not know at all! I did not see it on the spelling list and I just guessed and got it right.” Rachel was so surprised and happy that she became the Wertheimer spelling bee champion.
She is very excited for the upcoming Fort Bend County spelling bee. She has been studying hard for this more challenging spelling bee, but Rachel tells me that there are a lot more words to study. She said, “There are actually different origins of the words like French, Dutch, Spanish, and other stuff.” Rachel also mentioned that, “the words are harder and longer.” She admitted she doesn’t even know what some of them mean! She shared some words with me; for instance, “In Spanish there’s conquistadors, maracas, and a lot of others. In French there is Pizarro–I don’t know what that means, but I remember it. There is also Greek and a lot of big words!” Rachel said she doesn’t even know how to pronounce some of them. Even though Rachel doesn’t know what to expect from her competitors, she is still ready to do her best! “I think it’s going to be harder”, she says. She doesn’t know how she’ll do, but hopes she will be able to get far and that she can win.
We at Wertheimer are cheering Rachel on because we all know she’s great and we support our Wertheimer family!