Ganguly wins Scripps Regional Spelling Bee
The word was “nautical,” and seventh grader Tara Ganguly sighed with relief. She spelled the word correctly and, after 21 rounds, took the title of the 2016 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee winner.
“I was relieved that it was something I knew,” said Ganguly, last year’s second runner up.
Ganguly was one of 27 students from Brown, Greene, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties who participated in the 2016 IU Bee Feb. 13 at the Monroe County Public Library. The Media School and the School of Education co-sponsor the event each year.
The competition was stiff, with words like “tatami,” “vorlage” and “scherzo” unable to stump the participants. Several times, judges moved ahead in the official list to more difficult words as, round after round, participants spelled correctly.
2016 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee
Feb. 13, 2016
Monroe County Public Library
The video starts with the library set up for the spelling bee, with a sign and a microphone. There is a Media School sign and numbered seats for the spellers.
Music plays. Spellers introduce themselves at the microphone.
Bell dings. “That’s correct.”
Daily. D-A-I-L-Y. Daily.
Bell dings. “Correct.”
Bell continues dinging repeatedly as spellers come up to the microphone. “Correct. That’s correct. Correct. Correct.”
Speller number six.
A speller misspells mathematics. “I’m sorry, almost correct.”
The Final Five
The last five spellers come up to the microphone and spell several words.
“I’m sorry. So close. It’s I-N on the end.”
“I’m sorry, you spelled the homonym. We now proceed to a one-word championship round. This is speller number 21. Should she spell correctly, she is our champion.”
Speller number 21 spells.
“That is correct.”
The crowd cheers.
Produced by Therin Showalter.
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Ganguly said she is looking forward to the trip to the national bee May 22-27 in National Harbor, Maryland. As the winner, Ganguly will receive round trip fares and lodging for her and a parent or guardian to the national competition. She also received the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, which is a 2016 U.S. Mint Proof Set; a Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary; and a one-year subscription to Britannica online.
The two runners-up were seventh grader Katrina Brown from Jackson Creek Middle School and fifth grader Lily Henning from University Elementary School. Both received the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition. Fourth place went to eighth-grader Chloee Robinson of Brown County Junior High School, who won regional last year and competed in the national bee.
Ganguly also tied for first place with Gabrielle Cooper of Bloomington Area Christian Homeschoolers in the vocabulary test, administered before the bee and optional for participants.
“At the national bee, spellers do take a vocabulary test, so we give one at the regional level a practice experience,” said bee organizer Teresa White, lecturer at The Media School and director of the High School Journalism Institute.
This was the sixth time The Media School and the School of Education have organized and provided financial support for the bee. The Media School’s student ambassadors and the School of Education’s Dean Advisory Council members help to set up the event and make sure it runs smoothly.
Judges were Media School professor of practice Tom French, Media School digital content manager Gena Asher and Media School director of communications of the Media School Anne Kibbler. Allan Murphy was the bee’s pronouncer for the 13th year, having started in this position during the years The Herald-Times sponsored the bee.
See a slideshow of the day. All photos by Media School senior Jill Moore.