Approximately 6,000 students from around the state have been preparing for the 29th annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Junior Division, which will take place at 16 sites around the state for grades 6 to 8 on Tuesday evening.
Locally, Clifford Pierce Middle School in Merrillville will host 16 teams with competition beginning at 6 p.m. Kankakee Valley Middle School in Wheatfield is also a host site.
Competitors at Pierce will include:
Class 1 - Clifford Pierce (Merrillville), Colonel John Wheeler and Robert A. Taft (Crown Point), Eggers (Hammond), Hal E. Clark (St. John), Hobart, Kahler (Dyer), Lowell, Wilbur Wright (Munster), and Willowcreek (Portage) middle schools
Class 2 - Griffith, Hanover Central (Cedar Lake) and Michael Grimmer (Schererville) middle schools
Class 3 - River Forest Junior High School
Class 4 - Whiting Middle School and Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy
Competing school at KV are:
Class 1 - Franklin (Valparaiso), Kankakee Valley, and Jefferson (Valparaiso) middle schools
Class 2 - Knox Middle School
Class 3 - Boone Grove, Hebron, North Judson, Pioneer (Royal Center), Rochester and Union Twp. (Valparaiso) middle schools
Class 4 - Caston, DeMotte Christian, Kouts, Morgan Twp. (Valparaiso), Oregon-Davis (Hamlet) and Wahington Twp. (Valparaiso) middle schools
Junior division teams of eight students each will compete. In addition to competing team members, several thousand additional students who tried out but did not make the “starting” team will form cheering sections for their school. Spectators are welcomne.
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 nine words while competing against one team member from each other school.
Each word is graded immediately and an individual scoring chart maintains a running team score as the evening progresses.
The top teams with the highest scores in each of the four enrollment classifications will converge on the Purdue University campus on Nov. 16 for the state championship competition, attended by more than 2,000 supporters last year.
The competition is administered by the Indiana Association of School Principals, Department of Student Programs and sponsored by Purdue University.
Results will be posted by noon Wednesday at http://www.iasp.org/index.php/student-programs/academic-competitions/compresults/. Click on the link for Junior division area results.