CROWN POINT | Approximately 4,500 students in grades 4, 5, and 6 from around the state are preparing for the 21st annual Elementary Spell bowl competition which will take place at more than 30 sites around the state on Thursday, including Col. Wheeler Middle School in Crown Point. More than 400 teams of eight students each will compete statewide.
Entering competition at 5 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Middle School, 401 W. Joliet St., are elementary schools Eisenhower, Timothy Ball, Lake Street, Solon Robinson, and Jerry Ross from Crown Point; Oak Hill, Lake Prairie and Three Creeks, all from Lowell; MacArthur, Jane Ball and Lincoln, all from Cedar Lake; and South Newton, from Kentland.
Timothy Ball Elementary School is the host school, and spectators are welcome.
The Indiana Academic Spell Bowl is a team concept with no individual winners. Each round consists of one team member writing the correct spelling of seven words while competing against one team member from each other school.
Students are seated on the gym floor or auditorium stage. Each word is graded immediately and an individual scoring chart maintains a running team score as the evening progresses. While students are waiting to compete, they sit in a cheer block.
Team members of the schools with the highest scores in each of the four enrollment classifications at each site will be recognized with awards immediately after the competition. In addition, the top ten teams in each enrollment classification statewide will receive either a plaque or certificate to place in their school.
The competition is administered by the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs, and sponsored by Purdue University.
Statewide results will be posted at noon on Friday at www.iasp.org. Click on "Student Programs" tab, then "Academic Competitions," followed by "Competition Results."