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Spell Bowlers heading to state Saturday

November 11, 2010

Photo provided The Plymouth High School Spell Bowl team is, front from left: Ashley Stokes, Kelsey Schnieders, Abby Schumacher, Grace Stokes; middle: Angel Figueroa, Tori Godwin, Krissy Wieringa, Zach Mahan, Pauline Dagaas, Dana Hall, Olivia Houin, Elizabeth Oviedo, Rachael Garcia, Coach Amy Schmeltz; back: Principal Jim Condon, Zandra Norris, Dakota Bradley and Nate Mahan.

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth High School Spell Bowl team is heading for state competition Saturday, Nov. 13, at Purdue.
The team, coached by PHS English teacher Amy Schmeltz, accumulated the third highest score in the state in regional competition for its class.
“I’ve never coached a team before. I couldn’t be more pleased with their progress,” Schmeltz said.
The Spell Bowl differs slightly from the traditional spelling bee in that the contestants write out the words rather than spelling them verbally.
Schmeltz said the students work as a team for only 45 minutes a week after school Wednesdays, but they work individually all the time, adding they receive a list of 3,500 words at the beginning of the season that could be used in the competition.
There are 18 members of the team, but only 10 will be competing at state.
Schmeltz said the other team members will serve as alternates.

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