orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

January 16, 2014

Spelling Bee competition returns

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — After weeks of classroom contest and participants practicing and studying, Meagan Do, 7th grade, is declared the winner of the 2014 St. Mary Spelling Bee.

Do, who did not expect to win, is eligible to participate in the regional bee held in Beaumont in February.

“I thought I was not going to win when it was down the last three of us,” Do said. “The other two are pretty smart and I thought one of them would be the winner. I had to ask myself, did I really just win?”

The Spelling Bee is the first in at least five years for the school.

St. Mary Catholic School Principal Donna Darby wanted to find a way to expand experiences for the students of the school while also giving the children recognition for their hard work when she discovered a Spelling Bee contest associated with the Diocese of Beaumont.

“Unfortunately, that contest is no longer,” Darby said. “But they helped me find one. This gives the children exposure to experiences they might not otherwise have.”

Staff members Melissa McCorvy and Pennee Schmitt organized the event.

Judges for the competition were Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux, Lacy Hale and JoAnn Waguespack with Jeanette Boehme as pronouncer.