by Dennis Dalman
The words “dyslexia” and “genre” were the keys that unlocked wins for a girl and boy at the Regional Spelling Bee that took place Feb. 13 in Sartell.
Jessica Scheer, an eighth-grader from Annandale, spelled “dyslexia” correctly to win the morning session at the event, which took place at Resource Training and Solution, the sponsor of the Bee. Kyle Little, an eighth-grader from Dassell-Cokato Middle School, earned second place.
In the afternoon session, Covin Bell, a Rush City eighth-grader, was the top winner after he spelled correctly the word “genre.” Jacob Huotari, a Delano eighth-grader, was the second-place winner.
There were three Sartell Middle School students in the competition – Jake Anderson, Mara Borgeson and Jacob Franzmeier. There were 50 contestant all told, about half of them in the morning session, half in the afternoon session.
The four winners of the Bee will proceed to the Multi-Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 25 in Fergus Falls. The winner of that Bee will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 25-31 in Washington, D.C.
The event in Sartell has long been coordinated by Sartell resident Sandra Cordie, who is the director of educational programs for Resource Training and Solutions.