North Hills student advances to regional spelling bee

  • Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Weeks of preparation paid off for North Hills Christian School student Richard Parker. On Feb. 4, Richard emerged the victor of the 2013 Western Region Intermediate Spelling Bee for Non-Public Schools. He began studying early for the competition in his seventh grade honors literature and vocabulary class at North Hills.

Using all of the learning resources available to him, Richard mainly made use of the provided Spell It list and to strengthen his spelling proficiency.

The district spelling bee was held at Salisbury Academy and consisted of 15 top spelling students from Pine Lake Preparatory in Mooresville, Woodlawn School in Davidson, Salisbury Academy, Sacred Heart and North Hills Christian School. The spelling battle took its time narrowing down the perspective winner with 42 rounds of challenging words such as “paucity” and “macron.” Richard clinched the win by correctly spelling “expertise,” and his championship word, “antibiotic.”

His teacher, Shannon Vickers shared, “I was so impressed with Richard’s level of preparedness and how calmly he competed. He was very steady and methodical in his approach to spelling the words.”

As the district winner, Richard earned a $50 cash prize and a gift bag with snacks awarded to all contestants. He will enjoy the honor of advancing to the 73rd Annual Winston-Salem Journal Regional Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 16, where he will compete against other district winners from public, home, private and charter schools in the region.

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