TVMS spell team tops regional competition, now heads to state finals

Pictured left to right: Thatcher Keesee (Grade 7), Anahi Ramirez Brito (6), Katelyn Stump (6), Logan Hummitch (8), Cheney Canada (8), Kennedy Kohler (7), Lorna Apt (6), Mateo Salazar (8), Makynna Rentschler (6), Kayly Miller (6), Bobby Burke (6)

AKRON, IN – A team of 11 students at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School will soon compete at the state level after placing first in their class at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Junior Division regional qualifications.

TVMS and nine other schools throughout Indiana competed in the regional competition on Nov. 1, which was hosted by TVMS. Students were broken up into classes one, two, three and four. The class a team competes in is based on last year’s enrollment. TVMS competed in class three and scored a 50 out of the junior division’s perfect score of 72.

“TVMS had the overall top speller in three of the eight rounds. No TVMS speller scored lower than five of nine in any round. Two spellers scored eight of nine near-perfect scores,” said Principal Scott Backus.

The TVMS team will now compete against six other teams in the state competition at Purdue University. This will be the fourth trip to the state finals in the last five years for TVMS.

“We studied about 1,600 words and increased our practice time an extra hour after school to get ready for the regional competition. I’m so proud of this team for what they have accomplished so far,” said Susanne Siebrase, TVMS spell team coach.

The 33rd Annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl State Finals will be held Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Loeb Playhouse in the Stewart Center at Purdue University. The senior division competition begins at 11 a.m. and the junior division competition begins at 3 p.m.

Complete statewide results were posted Nov. 2 on the Indiana Association of School Principals’ website.

Here are the results from the regional competition on Nov. 1.

8 rounds of 9 words (72 possible points)

1. TVMS 50 (Class 3 #1)

2. Edgewood 37 (Class 1 #1)

3. Northwood 33 (Class 2 #1)

4. Bremen 29 (Class 3 #2)

5. Elkhart Christian 27 (Class 4 #1)

6. Lakeview 27 (Class 1 #2)

7. Jimtown 21 (Class 3 #3)

8. Caston 21 (Class 4 #2)

9. Concord 10 (Class 1 #3)

SOURCE: News release from Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation