Piqua city wide spelling bee rescheduled


PIQUA — The Piqua city wide spelling bee that had previously been planned for tonight has been rescheduled to next week. The spelling bee will be held at Piqua Central Intermediate School on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

Piqua Central Intermediate School is located at 807 Nicklin Ave. in Piqua.

Participants in the spelling bee include:

Piqua Catholic School: Wyatt Earhart and Kyle Pierre

Piqua Central Intermediate: Vivica Davis and Madison Saunders

Piqua Junior High School: Alexis Gastelu and Brooke Fishback

Springcreek Primary: Kennedy Shaffer and Ava Jones

Washington Primary: Paige Croslin and Kamryn Mikolajewski

Piqua City Schools included the following rules and regulations in their release about the event:

Audience: Please be considerate toward our spellers. Please refrain from talking, whispering, mouthing or spelling out loud at any time during the spelling bee. All young children must be supervised and quiet during the competition. Additionally, we ask that you turn off your cell phones and other electronic devices that may distract our spellers. Your consideration and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Rules for the Piqua City Spelling Bee:

Format: The spelling bee is conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells one word in each round.

Word list: We will use the word list generated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Pronouncer’s role: The pronouncer strives to pronounce words according to the diacritical markings in Scripps National Spelling Bee word lists and Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and its addenda section, copyright 2002, Merriam-Webster. The pronouncer responds to the speller’s requests for a definition, sentence, part of speech, language(s) of origin, and alternate pronunciation(s). The pronouncer does not entertain root word questions, requests for alternate definitions, or requests for markedly slower pronunciation.

Judges’ role: The judges uphold the rules and determine whether or not words are spelled correctly. They also render final decisions on appeals. They are in complete control of the competition and their decision is final on all questions. The judges will disqualify a speller (1) who refuses a request to start spelling; (2) who does not approach the microphone when it is time to receive the word; (3) who does not comply with the eligibility requirements; (4) who engages in unsportsmanlike conduct; (5) who, in the process of retracing a spelling, alters the letters or sequence of letters from those first uttered; or (6) who, in the process of spelling, utters unintelligible or nonsense sounds. The judges may not disqualify a speller (1) for failing to pronounce the word either before or after spelling it, (2) for asking a question, or (3) for noting or failing to note the capitalization of a word.

Speller’s role: The speller makes an effort to face the judges and pronounce the word for the judges before spelling it and after spelling it. The speller makes an effort to utter each letter distinctly and with sufficient volume to be understood by the judges. The speller may ask the pronouncer to say the word again, define it, use it in a sentence, provide the part of speech, provide the language(s) of origin, and/or provide an alternate pronunciation or pronunciations. The speller is responsible for any misunderstanding of the word unless (1) the pronouncer never provided a correct pronunciation; (2) the pronouncer provided incorrect information regarding the definition, part of speech, or language of origin; or (3) the speller correctly spelled a homonym of the word and the pronouncer failed to either offer a definition or distinguish the homonyms. The pronouncer and judges will not ask the speller to correct another speller’s misspelling, even in end-of-bee circumstances. Upon incorrectly spelling a word, the speller immediately drops out of the competition, except as provided at the end of the bee.

End-of-bee procedure: If none of the spellers remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, all remain in the competition and a new round begins. If only one speller spells correctly in a round, a new one-word round begins and the speller is given an opportunity to spell the next word on the list (anticipated championship word). If the speller succeeds in correctly spelling the anticipated championship word in this one-word round, the speller is declared the champion.

Example: In Round 12 there are four spellers. Spellers 6 and 21 misspell. Speller 30 spells correctly. Speller 42 misspells. So, Speller 30 is the only speller in the round to spell correctly. Speller 30 begins Round 13—a one-word round—and is offered the anticipated championship word. Speller 30 correctly spells the anticipated championship word and is declared champion.

If a speller misspells the anticipated championship word in a one-word round, a new round begins with ALL the spellers who spelled (correctly and incorrectly) in the previous round. These spellers spell in their original order.

Example: In Round 8 there are three spellers. Speller 12 spells correctly and Spellers 23 and 37 misspell. Round 9—a one-word round—begins, and Speller 12 is offered the anticipated championship word. Speller 12 misspells the anticipated championship word. Round 10 begins and includes Spellers 12, 23, and 37. The rules prescribe that spellers 12, 23, and 37 spell in their original order; so Speller 12 gets the next word on the list even though Speller 12 misspelled the previous word on the list. Round 10 is not complete until all three spellers have spelled.

Appeals: The speller’s parent(s), legal guardian, or teacher may appeal to the judges for the speller’s reinstatement provided that the appeal is in compliance with the appeal protocol. The judges render a final decision on the appeal in accordance with the reinstatement protocol. Appeal protocol: A written appeal must be hand delivered to the designated coordinator. The deadline for delivering an appeal is by the end of the round in which the speller was eliminated. When five or fewer spellers remain, the written appeal requirement is suspended, and an oral appeal must be made before the speller would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the spelling bee. A written appeal must provide the speller’s name, the word in question, and the reason the speller should be reinstated. To minimize disruption to the pace of the spelling bee and the concentration of the spellers, the judges are under no obligation to stop the spelling bee in order to discuss with the speller’s parent(s), legal guardian, or teacher a denied appeal. The local judges’ decisions are final and are subject neither to review nor to reversal by the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s headquarters office.

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