State Spelling Bee Winners for 2022
Susan Ward congratulates Levi Gould who advances to the National Spelling Bee.
Levi Gould wins Top Speller from Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee
Parents, friends, and family members sat at the edges of their seats as the spellers were eliminated one by one. Finally, as the competition entered the twelfth round, Levi Gould’s final word, which secured his title as the Multi-Region State champion, was “organelle.” Levi is enrolled in the Home Educated Youth Co-op located in Sartell. He will advance to the National Spelling Bee during “Bee Week” in Washington DC at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center the week of Memorial Day 2022.
The First Runner-Up trophy was presented to Lydia Talsma, an 8th-grade student from Southwest MN Christian Elementary. All nineteen of the regional spellers received a Multi-Region State Spelling Bee ribbon.
The 2022 Minnesota Service Cooperative Multi-Region State Spelling BEE was held at Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC) Thursday, February 24, 2022. Nineteen students competed in an exciting competition to award the “Top Bee.”The champion speller of the Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee will compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
“All our competitors are winners! They won their classroom, school, district, and region bees and advanced to the multi-region state bee. They each demonstrated amazing memory skills and composure. We congratulate them all,” said LCSC Regional Coordinator Susan Ward.
Following the event, Ward reached out to Champion Bee Levi Gould to learn more about how he prepared for this Multi-Region event.
Ward: “What did it feel like when you spelled the championship word correctly?”
Gould: “It has been a great week! I was just amazed that I actually won. I wasn’t expecting to win with all the other spellers there who had also made it through two spelling bees. I took a moment to think about it, and then I felt like cheering. Our family went out afterward for root beer floats to celebrate!”
Ward: “Did you study spelling words a lot, and who helped you study? Also, during the Bee, did you get any of the words you had studied previously?”
Gould: “Yes, I studied the word list with my mother every school day. She would read out the words, I would try to spell them, and I would go back to anything I missed later. I also looked up many of the words I didn’t know in the dictionary. I didn’t get any of the words I had studied previously during the Bee.”
Ward: “Are you excited about the Washington, D.C. trip, and what are you looking forward to seeing?”
Gould: “Yes, I am excited about the trip to Washington, D.C. Other than the White House and the Capitol building, I don’t know all of what’s there, but I’m looking forward to going to a new place.”
The Multi-Region State Spelling Bee will include Regional Spelling Bee winners from the following Service Cooperative regions: Region 1 & 2 - Northwest Service Cooperative, Thief River Falls; Region 3 - Northeast Service Cooperative, Mt. Iron; Region 4 - Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Fergus Falls; Region 5 - Resource Training & Solutions, St. Cloud; and Regions 6 and 8 - Southwest/West Central Service Cooperatives, Marshall.
The Spelling Bee is a series of competitions for students in grades 5-8 beginning at the classroom level and progressing on to district, region, state and national levels. Benefits for students include improved spelling, increased vocabulary, learning concepts, developing correct English usage, developing poise in public performance and community recognition for participation.