2009-2010 Spelling BeeRegional Bee...February 16, 2010Final Southeast Minnesota Bee...March 2, 2010Scripps National Spelling Bee...May 30-June 6, 2010
The Spelling Bee competitions in southeast Minnesota are sponsored and coordinated by the Southeast Service Cooperative and co-sponsored by McNeilus Steel, Inc. and KM Telecom.
Roshini Asirvatham, an 6th grader from Rochester Public Schools was declared the champion after correctly spelling kielbasa.
Roshini advanced to the 83nd annual Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 31-June 5, 2010. She won an all expenses paid trip (for herself and one adult) to Washington, DC (donated by Southeast Service Cooperative, McNeilus Steel, Inc. and KM Telecom). She also received a first place trophy, Websters Third New International Dictionary (provided by Scripps National Spelling Bee) and a $100 Series EE Savings Bond (donated by Jay Sugarman, Chairman and CEO of iStar Financial in honor of his father, Samuel Louis Sugarman), and a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Student Edition (donated by Encyclopedia Britannica).
Melissa Brown, a 8th grader from Rochester Public Schools (John Adams Middle School), was the 2nd place winner. She received a trophy, a Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (courtesy of Merriam-Webster) and a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Student Edition (donated by Encyclopedia Britannica).
Jillian Hanesworth, a 7th grader from Winona Public Schools, was the 3rd place winner. She received a trophy, a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Student Edition (donated by Encyclopedia Britannica) and a $20 gift card from amazon.com.
Megan Klotz, a 8th grader from Zumbrota-Mazeppa Public Schools, was the 4th place winner. She received a medallion and a $20 gift card from amazon.com.
Sixty-four students from 39 schools throughout the region advanced from their respective District Spelling Bees to the Regional Spelling Bees. Twelve spellers (six from each Regional Spelling Bee on February 16, 2010) competed in the final Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 2, at 9:00 a.m. at the Southeast Service Cooperative.
Other students participating in the Southeast Minnesota Spelling Bee Final were:
Lillian Beyer, 6th grade, Winona Public Schools
Angela Dahl, 8th grade, Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools
John Ferris, 7th grade, Austin Area Catholic Schools
Emily Hagerott, 7th grade, Caledonia Public Schools
Caroline Handley, 5th grade, Rochester Catholic Schools
Laura Kennedy, 8th grade, LaCrescent-Hokah Public Schools
Ted King, 8th grade, Lyle Public Schools
Jacob Skold, 7th grade, Wabasha-Kellogg Public Schools2009-10 Information and Forms