Crant defends spelling champ title

Clayton Hunt
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Laura Crant, a grade six student at St. Joseph’s in Harbour Breton, courageously defended her 2013 title on April 30 as she out-spelled 16 competitors to remain the top speller in her community.

The spelling bee, hosted by St. Joseph’s and King Academy, follows a similar format to the CanSpell activity, a national spelling bee program held in schools across Canada.

A total of 17 brave students from grades four to seven participated in the fourth annual activity, which clearly demonstrated the traditional art of spelling is far from being lost in our schools.

The spelling bee started off with fairly easy words that became more challenging as the rounds continued.

By round 13 only two students were left standing,  Laura and her classmate Tanner Lilly.

Those two super-spellers went at it for another 22 rounds, and it seemed like neither student would bow out.

Although he gave it a great shot, Lilly misspelled a word in Round 36, making Crant the 2014 St. Joseph’s-King Academy spelling champ.

In addition to Laura and Tanner, the other students competing were: Paul Strowbridge, Naomi Pierce, Landon Tibbo, Tanaya Hickey, Cameron Strowbridge, Megan Jensen, Brooke Stoodley, Sara Snook, Ebrar Hoca, Cameron Organ, Pacey Griffin, Brian Pierce, Kiara Young, Chloe Dominie and Terra Pierce.

All students received a participation medal. Medals were also presented to the class champs, which included Tanaya Hickey, grade four; Naomi Pierce and Ebrar Hoca, grade 5; Laura Crant, grade 6 and Megan Jensen, grade seven.

Principal Terry Baker said the schools host the spelling bee due to the positive feedback from staff, parents and students.

Baker said, “It’s easy for our students to get caught up in today’s technology and lose the ability to spell or even to take pride in their spelling.

“We hope that little events like this can shed some light on how important spelling is for our students as they continue on to high school and beyond.”

Organizations: King Academy

Geographic location: Canada

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