CUCPS once again competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion and is sponsored by the E. W. Scripps Company. Local competitions are co-sponsored by newspapers, such as the Times-Dispatch, or other high-profile community organizations and businesses. The spelling bee was established to “help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.” To participate in the contest, students must be under 16 years of age, be enrolled in 8th grade or below, and attend a school which has officially enrolled in the program.
The Cumberland Division Spelling Bee winner was Brady Mitchell, an 8th grader. The runner up was Emily Eroh, a 5th grader. All grade level winners and runners-up were recognized by the members of the Cumberland School Board at the April 2018 meeting. Winners were as follows:
Grade Level Winners
Grade 1: Alexa Blackwell (winner) Nikki Brandt (runner-up)
Grade 2: Kristian Coleman-Hawk (winner) Aundrea Foster (runner-up)
Grade 3: Peyton Turner (winner) Victoria Bond (runner-up)
Grade 4: Katherine Kinney (winner) Kamerien Brown (runner-up)
Grade 5: Emily Eroh (winner) Briana Barker (runner-up)
Grade 6: Noah Long (winner) Yazmine Montanez (runner-up)
Grade 7: Drew Davenport (winner) Callie Dominick (runner-up)
Grade 8: Brady Mitchell (winner) Jordan Wilson (runner-up)
Spelling Bee participants who attended the March meeting of the Cumberland School Board to be recognized included the following: Brady Mitchell, Emily Eroh, Katherine Kinney, Peyton Turner, Kristian Coleman-Hawk, Noah Long, Drew Davenport, and Alexa Blackwell.