Ring Lardner students qualify for Berrien County spelling beePublished 7:20am Monday, December 23, 2013
Lindsay Eichenberg still remembers the word that she couldn’t spell.
“Success” got the Ring Lardner eighth-grader knocked out of last year’s Berrien County Cloverleaf Spelling Bee.
“I only did one ‘c,’” she said.
Eichenberg will have a chance to redeem herself, as she is one of three Ring Lardner students who qualified for this year’s Cloverleaf by finishing in the top three of the school’s spelling bee last week.
Joining Eichenberg is fellow eighth-grader Alliea Harness and seventh-grader Taylor Altergott. The Cloverleaf is scheduled for Feb. 11 at Lake Michigan College.
The trio beat out a contestant pool of 50 students at the Ring Lardner spelling bee.
Harness qualified for last year’s Cloverleaf, but didn’t compete because she was sick. She said she hopes to be healthy this year.
“I am looking forward to the competition because I’ve always been at the top of my classes,” Harness said.
Altergott said she is excited to compete in her first Cloverleaf. She correctly spelled “histrionics” to finish in the top three at Ring Lardner’s spelling bee.
“I was nervous,” she said.
At the Cloverleaf, students will compete for numerous cash prizes with the top prize being admission to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C. in the spring.
Rikki Jones, a teacher and spelling bee coach at Ring Lardner, said the best finish at Cloverleaf by a Ring Lardner student is eighth.
Jones said she would help the students prepare for the competition in the coming weeks.