Stangl earns title Spelling Bee champion in BP
It only took eight rounds before a champion was crowned in the 29th annual Blooming Prairie District Spelling Bee at the Blooming Prairie Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Seventh grader Caitlyn Stangl won the competition in the eighth ground by correctly spelling MULTIPLICATION. She is the daughter of Aaron and Heidi Stangl of Blooming Prairie.
Multiplication is the act or process of multiplying or the state of being multiplied.
In the eighth round, Stangl spelled "teak" correctly while her closest rival, Jaylee Schleicher, misspelled "cannonade." Teak is a large East Indian tree. Cannonade is defined as a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack.
Stangl then correctly spelled "multiplication" to become the champion. Schleicher thus finished second. She is the daughter of Megan and Brian Schleicher. She was the winner of last year's competition, correctly spelling the word ARMADA. It took 14 rounds to crown a champion last year.
There was a three-way tie for third place: Lauren Brown, grade 7, daughter of Shawn and Heidi Brown of Blooming Prairie; Kaydance VerHey-Schumacher, grade 6, daughter of Amanda and Nathan Schumacher of Blooming Prairie and of Samantha VerHey of Ellendale and Charli Tripp, grade 8, daughter of Jennifer Butteris of Blooming Prairie.
Some of the words facing the participants this year were deportment, vinyl, campaign, mulish, obstacles, furrow, disinfectant.
Twenty-four students in grades 5-8 participated in the popular contest.
Stangl and Schleicher now move on to the Region in Rochester on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Winners of that contest advance to the Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Finals on Tuesday, Feb. 25, also in Rochester.
One winner emerges from the Feb. 26 Southeast Minnesota contest and advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. next May.
Jeanette Hauschildt, former elementary school secretary for 24 years, has coordinated the spelling bee in Blooming Prairie the past six years.
Judges for this year's contest were: Cathy Lightly, Jeanette Hauschildt and Roger Sorenson.
Kari Bottin was pronouncer and clearly announced all words and restated the word and offered a definition if the contestant so desired.
Judy Bishop was recorder for the spelling bee and explained the rules to all contestants.
The 24 spelling bee contestants for the BP Spelling Bee were:
Fifth graders: Madigan Esse, Emeria Kopischke, Aubrey Klocke, Maxwell Thoen, Neila Nelson and Madysan Slowinski;
Sixth graders: Zoe Ehlers, Cody Braaten, Aden Doocy, Noah Graves, Drew Reinke and Kaydance VerHey-Schumacher;
Seventh graders: Addison Doocy, Jaylee Schleicher, Charli Tripp, Macy Lembke, Luke Heimgartner and Kaiden Chicos;
Eighth graders: Bo Zwiener, Jayden Van, Addison Lyman, Caitlyn Stangl, Audrey Fort and Lauren Brown.