November 14, 2013

 Thank you for supporting the Paris Spelling Bee!

2009 Paris Spelling Bee finalists

As we announced at the 2013 Oral Finals, we are taking a year off from organizing our city-wide competition in 2014. However, we will continue to organize spelling bee-related activities at the American Library in Paris. Upcoming events:  The Spelling Bee Hornet for Teens on Friday November 15 at 19h00-21h00. Click here to reserve your spot.  Language Comes to Life: All about prefixes and suffixes, Saturday January 11, Ages 8-12.  More activities will  include: Spelling Hornet, part 2, for ALP’s Friday Teen Night and Mock Spelling Bee for ages 8-13, dates to be announced. Stay tuned for more updates. Here are some highlights from past Paris Spelling Bee events. We will update this slide show with more pictures in the weeks ahead.

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Once again, we would like to thank Starbucks, The International Herald Tribune, The American University of Paris and our friends and collaborators at the American Library in Paris for their support and sponsorship.  Heartfelt thanks to all the students who have braved the Paris Spelling Bee, the schools for getting the word out, and to all the families who have returned to the Bee year after year.  Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers for devoting so much of your time and making such a special contribution to the community. Special thanks to the key Bee-team: Ashley B. Miller, Naida Culshaw; Kim Siew Ngoh; Pauline Lemasson, Jude Smith Matisse, Amy O’Hara, Karen Simpson, Amy Bereiter, Bettina de Catalogne, and Janet Sahin, in the US.

For questions, to help as a volunteer, or to be added to our email updates, please contact: parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com.

Thanks again, everyone!
Helen Sahin Connelly
Coordinator, PSB


April 16, 2013
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41 finalists vie in Paris Spelling Bee championship
Molly Dugan wins Cheetahs and
Minsung Cho wins Gazelles

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From left to right: 2nd place winners Smitha Shreya (C109) and Adhya Sharma (C107). 1st place winner Molly Dugan (C116) at the 6th annual Paris Spelling Bee, Cheetahs division. Photo by, Stuart Culshaw

Forty-one finalists competed in the sixth annual Paris Spelling Bee at the American University of Paris on Sunday, April 7.  Spellers in the third to fifth grade (CE2 to CM2) competed in the Gazelles division, while sixth- to eighth-graders (6èmes-4èmes) vied for the Cheetahs title.

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Left to Right: 2nd place winner Elliot Alibert (G707) and 1st place winner Minsung Cho (G719)) in the Gazelles division of the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee.
photo by Stuart Culshaw

In the Cheetahs division, 12-year-old Molly Dugan from Ecole Massillon took first prize, while Adhya Sharma and Shreya Smitha from the International School of Paris tied for second place. The three sixth-graders lasted 31 rounds before Dugan won by spelling `mnemonic.’ Before that, she fielded words including accomplice, paramecium, subterranean, psychoanalysis and oxymoron. Sharma, who placed second in the Gazelles division at last year’s Bee, correctly spelled words including adjudicate, circuitous, clandestine and anticoagulant, before missing genealogy. Shreya handled words such as quarantine, omniscient, hysterical, adolescence and photosynthesis before stumbling on chrysalis.

Eighth-grader Hari O’Neil from Collège Camille Sèe and sixth-grader Inuri Tennakoon from Collège André Malraux hung on until the 23rd round, tying for third place, before the final three spellers battled it out.

In the Gazelles division,  Minsung Cho, a fifth-grader from Ecole Active Bilingue Victor Hugo, took the first-place trophy by spelling benignant correctly in round twenty-nine.  Fourth-grader Elliot Alibert from Ècole Elèmentaire Jacques Jorissen placed second. Third-grader Charlotte Kundi

2013 Paris Spelling Bee Finalists in the Cheetah Division

2013 Paris Spelling Bee Finalists in the Cheetah Division

from Ecole Notre Dame and fourth-grader Vaishnavi Sridhar from the International School of Paris tied for third, just ahead of third-grader Alex Ravel from Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel.

Cho fielded words such as interrupt, aught, formidable, incorruptible, exhale, autumn, applause and bereaved, while Elliot correctly spelled haversack, prospective, meticulous, bandersnatch, esteem and exercise. Cho and Alibert are 11 years old.

Before the competition began, spellers and guests were greeted with a video message from Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States. “Je vous souhaite bonne chance,” said Dr. Bailly, who won the 1980 Scripps championship.

Kate Souami, finalist in the Gazelle division reads the opening poem "Our Deepest Fear," by Marianne Williamson

Kate Souami, finalist in the Gazelle division reads the opening poem “Our Deepest Fear,” by Marianne Williamson.            photo by HS Connelly

Dr. Geoffrey Gilbert, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the American University of Paris, welcomed the contestants on behalf of the university. He spoke of the importance and pleasure of words’ origins in giving access not only to the history of a language but also to ways of feeling and thinking that can be a resource as we face the baffling complexities of contemporary global experience.

The Paris Spelling Bee thanks all 99 contestants from almost 40 schools in and around Paris who participated in the Preliminary Written Round on February 4, and all the spellers who continued on to the Oral Finals.

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The Paris Spelling Bee is a community enrichment event organized by Gifted in France in collaboration with The American Library in Paris. The American University of Paris hosted the event for the third year in a row. Pronouncers for the Gazelles were Charlie Trueheart, director of the American Library in Paris, and Celeste Rhoads, the library’s Children and Teen Librarian. Naida Culshaw was the pronouncer for the Cheetahs.

A Spelling Bee requires contestants to spell a word out loud correctly; the winner is declared when she or he is the only person to spell a word correctly in a round. Words for the Paris Spelling Bee’s Oral Finals were taken from “Spell It!” an official study guide published by Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States in cooperation with Merriam-Webster, Inc. The list is often used in regional spelling bees in the United States and features US spelling.

In addition to a trophy, the first-place winners in each division received a one-year family

Charlie Trueheart and Celeste Rhoads, pronouncers for the Gazelle Division

Charlie Trueheart and Celeste Rhoads, pronouncers for the Gazelle Division

membership to the American Library in Paris along with an ALP tote bag. Second-place winners also received a trophy and a tote bag from the library. The International Herald Tribune donated a copy of “120 years of Front Page News: 1887-2007,” to each finalist plus delivered the weekend paper for members of the audience.

Gifted in France provided the trophies plus medals and certificates for finalists. For each participant, the American Library in Paris kindly gave a book, and Paris Spelling Bee volunteer Kim Siew Ngoh prepared homemade treats. Marc Labat provided designer watches to every finalist.

Starbucks  generously donated coffee, pastries and other treats for the audience at the Oral Finals.

Heartfelt thanks go to our Spelling Bee Team: Ashley B. Miller, Naida Culshaw; Kim Siew Ngoh; Pauline Lemasson, Jude Smith Matisse, Amy O’Hara,

Alexi Henri, finalist in the Cheetah Division

Alexi Henri, finalist in the Cheetah Division

Karen Simpson, Amy Bereiter, Bettina de Catalogne, Rose Burke and Janet Sahin in the US.

Many thanks also to Dr. Celeste Schenck and Susan Mackay of the AUP; Celeste Rhoads; Mathieu Motta, Phillip von Eiff, Frank Connelly, Laetitia Nail, Cecilia Baron, Stuart Culshaw, Josh Hakim, Elizabeth Farhi, Ursula Liu, John Newman, Matt Benz, Lee Lee Camilleri, Julie Casara, Anita Youngblood, Emma Burke, Eloise Loh, Hazel Tan, Loretta Fox, David Whitehouse, Monia Hamani, Shannon Connelly, Julia Connelly and Chrise de Tournay Birkhahn.

A special thanks to all the families and schools who have supported the PSB over the last six years.
Here’s an interesting and humorous blog, maternal dementia, written by a parent who blogs about life and motherhood in Paris. This entry is about her daughter’s experience, as a four time participant in the Paris Spelling Bee, before taking the winning title in the Cheetah’s division.

Gazelle finalists of the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee

2013 Paris Spelling Bee Finalists in the Gazelle Division.        photo by Cecilia Baron

Check back here to find out more information about our upcoming events and latest news.

Helen Sahin Connelly
Coordinator, Paris Spelling Bee

Highlights, more pictures to come:

Spellers in the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee competition watch a video clip from the movie Akeelah and the Bee, followed by a surprise video message from Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US

Hari O'Neil, tying in 3rd place in the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee Cheetah Division

Hari O’Neil, tying in 3rd place in the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee Cheetah Division

Spellers in the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee competition watch a video clip from the movie Akeelah and the Bee, followed by a surprise video message from Dr. Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US. photo by HS Connelly
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Vaishnavi Sridhar tying in 3rd place with Charlotte Kundi in the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee Gazelle’s division.

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2013 Cheetah Finalist kicking off her division’s competition with the reading of “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson.

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results:

February 5, 2013

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Results of the Preliminary Written Round
February 4, 2013
Ninety-nine spellers in grades CE2-4eme (3rd-8th grade) packed a gymnasium at Ecole Sainte Catherine in the 5th arrondissement early last Saturday morning to participate in the 6th annual Paris Spelling Bee’s Preliminary Written Round.

  • Contestants were divided into two divisions:  Gazelles– CE2-CM2 (3rd-5th grade), and Cheetahs– 6ème- 4ème (6th-8th grade).
  • 120 children registered for the Preliminary event from 40 different schools in Paris and its environs, including one student from Rennes.  47 children were from private schools, 32 from public and 40 from semi-private. One student registered as a homeschooler.
  • 63 of the 78 registered participants in the Gazelles group and 36 of the 42 registered participants in the Cheetahs group turned up for the mandatory written competition where they received a dictation of words.
  • The Preliminary Written Round was divided into two sections: the first round consisted of 25 words from a study list provided in advance to participants, and the second round consisted of 10 challenge words not from the study guide.
  • 21 finalists from each group were selected based on their marks.

We would like to congratulate all the students who registered, studied and participated in the Preliminary Written Round.  Each speller received a certificate of participation to acknowledge how hard they prepared for the written round and how early they had to trek to the venue on a cold Saturday morning.  We are especially impressed with children who keep coming back year after year.  One family has participated every year since the Spelling Bee began in 2008, and this year has two children in the finals.

Below are the spellers who qualified for the Oral Finals, which will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2013 (10h-16h approx) at the American University of Paris (AUP).  There will be a mock (practice) session on Sunday, March 24 (10h-13h) at the AUP for all the finalists to learn useful tips on oral spelling bees, review contest rules and have a chance to meet fellow participants.  As the spellers prepare for the finals, we would encourage them not only to memorize the words, but also to learn their meanings and their origins.

Finalists in the Gazelle division needed a score of at least 28/35 to qualify and Cheetahs needed 22/35 to qualify.
GAZELLE FINALISTS:
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CHEETAH FINALISTS:
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IMPORTANT:
Finalists will have until Thursday, February 7, at 19h to confirm by email to parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com their participation in the Oral Finals of the 2013 Paris Spelling Bee. They must also pay their registration fees, as indicated on the registration forms. The deadline for paying the registration fee is Monday, February 11 If there is no confirmation and payment, that spot will go to the next person with a qualifying mark. (Make check payable to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016; same fees apply as the registration for the Preliminary event: 12 euros per child, 8 euros per each additional child in the same family.)

** A new study list for the Oral Finals will be made available to all finalists after February 18.

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the efforts of the Paris Spelling Bee, especially the American Library in Paris, which has been very generous to the Bee with its space, time and supplies. A big thank you to the Spelling Bee Team for making the Preliminary Round possible: Ashley Miller, Kim Siew Ngoh, Amy O’Hara, Naida Kendrick Culshaw, Karen Simpson, Pauline Wong-Lemasson, Jude Smith Matisse, Rose Burke, Amy Bereiter, and Janet Sahin (in the US.)

A special thanks to Starbucks for supplying coffee and pastry for all the parents who waited in the chilly gymnasium while their children participated in the event.

We are thankful to Eloise Loh, Hazel Tan and Monia Hamani for making sure the coffee arrived and was served on time.  We are also grateful to the following volunteers: Loretta Fox, Laetitia Nail, David Whitehouse, Bettina de Catalogne, along with IB students Eva Hachem, Anne Gallego Martin, Elisa Lasry and Leonie Cruanees for helping with preparations, taking care of check-in and supervision at the venue. Thanks also to Mme Christine Meyrignac, Directrice de l’Ecole Sainte Catherine, for her support of the Bee over the past three years.

Last but not least, thank you to all the parents who brought their children to the Preliminary Round and patiently waited until the end.

The Paris Spelling Bee is an annual community enrichment event organized by Gifted in France in collaboration with the The American Library in Paris, and hosted by the American University of Paris. We are grateful to both of these institutions for their support of the Bee, which is an all-volunteer effort.

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
Coordinator, Paris Spelling Bee
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Update:

January 18, 2013

Aine Sadlier, 2012 PSB Oral Finals Gazelles Division (photo by C. Rhoads)

2013 Paris Spelling Bee

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
WE WISH OUR 2013 BEE PARTICIPANTS
BEST OF LUCK!

Gazelles (CE2-CM2)
Cheetahs (6ème-4ème)

Welcome to the 6th Annual Paris Spelling Bee (PSB). Registration for the 2013 Bee is now closed.
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Here are some important dates for your 2012-2013 calendar. Please also see the updated ‘pages’ on 2013 Invitation, FAQs and 2013 Registration Form on this blog.

COMMUNITY BEE EVENTS

Saturday December 1, 2012 — Language Comes to Life — Time 12h00-13h00, at The American Library in Paris.  Come learn what’s the big deal about prefixes and suffixes in the English language.  Space limited to 12 children, to RSVP  please email Celeste, the youth librarian at rhoads@americanlibraryinparis.org.

  • Saturday January 12, 2013 — PSB Family Pizza Movie Night —  18h30-21h00, to be held at the ALP.  Join us for a  special screening of the movie Akeelah and the Bee. Please RSVP by filling out this required online form.  Space limited to 80 people. Deadline is January 5, first-come, first-served. THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. 

MAIN PSB DATES FOR 2012-13:

  • 12 November 2012– Paris Spelling Bee Registration Opens  for children in CE2-4ème.  Please click here or go to our 2013 Registration page on this blog for a copy.
  • Thursday January 17, 2013 — Registration Deadline!! Last day to register for the PSB. Registration is first come first received, and limited to the first 100 applicants.  To add your name or your school’s contact to our electronic updates, please email parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com or sign up through the blog.
  • Saturday February 2, 2013 –PSB Written Preliminary Round —  for preregistered participants. Tentative time is 09h00-13h00. Location to be announced. Confirmation, by email, will be sent to preregistered participants. Twenty Finalists will be chosen from each division: Gazelles CE2-CM2, Cheetahs 6ème-4ème.  Study List for the Preliminary Written Round is available under “2013 Study Guide,” page or by clicking here.  The study guide will be emailed to registered participants.
  • Sunday March 24, 2013 — PSB Mock/Practice Session — Tentative time: 10h00-13h00:  This event is organized for
    Finalists chosen from the February 2  Preliminary Written Round.  To be held at the American University of Paris.  Study List for the Oral Finals of the Paris Spelling Bee will be made available to Finalists after the Written Round.
  • Sunday April 7, 2013 –Oral Finals of the Paris Spelling Bee – Tentative time is 10h00-16h00. This event is open to Finalists and their invited guests. To be held at the American University of Paris.

To sign up for PSB updates and registration information, or if you have questions about the Paris Spelling Bee, please email Helen Sahin Connelly at parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com.  The Paris Spelling Bee is organized by Gifted in France, in collaboration with the The American Library in Paris and hosted by the American University of Paris. PSB is grateful to the ALP and AUP for their continued support of this community-wide enrichment  event open to children throughout Paris. The 2012 PSB drew more than 110 children, grades CE2-4ème, from over 30 schools in the greater Paris area. Twenty students from each division, Gazelles CE2-CM2 and Cheetahs 6ème-4ème, advanced to the Oral Finals on March 25, 2012. For more information about the 2012 Bee and the winners- please scroll down.

Best of luck to everyone entering or following the 2013 Bee. We are very excited about our 6th season!

Helen, Ashley, Naida, Amy, Jude, Cate and Kim.
2013 Paris Spelling Bee Committee

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2012 results…

March 28, 2012

YOUNGBLOOD, SINHA, WHITEHOUSE AND SHARMA
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2012 PARIS SPELLING BEE 

Anita Youngblood, 1st prize winner in the Cheetahs Division of the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee

Sunday March 25, 2012 — Forty finalists from 18 elementary and secondary schools
competed in the 5th annual Paris Spelling Bee, held at the American University of Paris.

Spellers were grouped into two divisions: the Gazelles, in third-fifth grades (CE2-CM2), and the Cheetahs, in sixth-eighth grades (6ème-4ème).

Jahnavi Sinha, 2012 PSB winner/ Gazelles

Jahnavi Sinha, 1st place winner in the Gazelles Division of the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee

In the Cheetahs division, Anita Youngblood, eighth-grader from Lycée International de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, won first prize by correctly spelling her championship word “putrescible.” Thomas Whitehouse, a seventh-grader from Ecole Active Bilingue Jeanine Manuel, took home the second-place trophy.  When judges moved to a surprise list of words, Youngblood plowed through exegetical, benignant, characteristic, blasphemous, saprogenic and visinage.

Thomas Whitehouse, 2nd place winner, Cheetahs Division, 2012 Paris Spelling Bee

Whitehouse held his place in the competition with words like erroneous, enunciation, vociferous and ascensor before stumbling on susurration.

Adhya Sharma, 2nd place winner, Gazelles Division, 2012 Paris Spelling Bee

In the Gazelles Division: Jahnavi Sinha, a fifth grader from the British School of Paris, won the first place trophy and Adhya Sharma, a fifth grader from the International School of Paris, won the second place trophy. Sinha successfully fielded terrific, pungent, muscular, puree, serenade and parasite before winning with piece. Sharma held her ground with replete, toilsome, microphone, pristine and punctual before tripping on awry to land in second place.

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2012 Paris Spelling Bee- Cheetahs Division

Tying in third place in the Cheetahs division were Pauline Delarue from St Jean de Passy and Yanis Cavrel, from Ecole Active Bilingue Victor Hugo.  Phoebe Turner from the American School of Paris, Jeanne Naila Anstyadi and Yu Yoshitake, from EaB Victor Hugo all tied for third place in the Gazelles group.

Dr. Neal Gordon, Dean of the American University of Paris and Vice President for Academic Affairs, dropped in to congratulate the spellers for building rich vocabulary, which he added will undoubtedly help them express their ideas and improve their communication skills in the years to come.  Dr. Gordon is also the author of several books, including The Company You Keep, which will be released as a Robert Redford film in the fall.

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2012 Paris Spelling Bee - Gazelles Division

Thank you to all 98 contestants who participated in the Preliminary Written Round on February 4, and all the finalists who continued on to the Oral Finals last Sunday.

The Paris Spelling Bee is an annual community enrichment event organized by Gifted in France in collaboration with the American Library in Paris.  For the second year in a row, the event was hosted by the American University of Paris. Pronouncers for the Gazelles were Charlie Trueheart, director of the American Library in Paris and Anne Swardson, editor at Bloomberg News.  Naida Kendrick Culshaw, the external relations manager at the ALP, was the pronouncer for the Cheetahs.

Words for Sunday’s Oral Finals were taken from Spell It! an official study guide published by Merriam-Webster in association with the National Spelling Bee in the United States. The list is often used in regional spelling bees across America.

In addition to the trophy, first-place winners in each division received a one-year family membership to the American Library in Paris along with an ALP tote bag. Second prize winners also received a trophy, tote bag from the ALP and an atelier of their choice at Une Mère, une Fille à Paris.  Gifted in France provided the rest of the finalists with medals, certificates and ALP tote bags. They also received prizes from Marc Labat, home-made treats baked by PSB volunteer Kim Siew Ngoh and books donated by the ALP.  Starbucks generously donated coffee, pastries and other treats to the audience at the Oral Finals.

Heartfelt thanks go to the Spelling Bee Organizers: Co-coordinators: Helen Sahin Connelly and Ashley B. Miller; Cate O’Connor, principal at the Roaming Schoolhouse; Amy O’Hara; Jude Smith Matisse; Naida Kendrick Culshaw; Kim Siew Ngoh; and Janet Sahin in the US.  
Many thanks also
to Dr. Celeste Schenck and Susan Mackay at the AUP; Matt Benz; Celeste Rhoads;  Derek Fergusan, director at the Roaming Schoolhouse; Julie Harris; Caroline Razat; Rose Burke; Chrise de Tournay Birkhahn;  Julie Casara; Mathieu Motta and Philippe Lesne.  Finally, a sincere thanks to Frank Connelly for his day-to-day support.

We also want to congratulate our 2010 Gazelle Champion, Tuli Bennett-Bose, who recently qualified to represent Washington D.C., at the Scripps National Spelling Bee to take place in Maryland on May 31st.  Tuli moved to the US shortly after her Paris Spelling Bee victory. Since then, she has not stopped entering school, regional and district competitions. Scripps is a highly competitive annual spelling bee in the United States, with participants also from Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Ghana, and the Bahamas.  Go Tuli Go!!

Thanks again everyone! Please contact us if you wish to be added to our updates, help us with this massive project, or if you wish to help sponsor the PSB next year.  Preparations begin in September with several stages leading up to the Oral Finals in March.

See you in 2013!
The Paris Spelling Bee Team


Don’t forget to change the clocks!

March 24, 2012

Hello Finalists,

Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight!
See you at the Oral Finals tomorrow morning.
All schedule and location information have been emailed to the finalists.
Please be sure to read it carefully for details concerning dress code, address, schedule, etc.
Email us if you have any questions – parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com.

Best of luck,
The Paris Spelling Bee Team


2012 PSB Prelim Results

February 6, 2012

2012 PARIS SPELLING BEE

Results of the Preliminary Written Round
February 4, 2012


Almost 100 children in grades CE2-4eme (3rd-8th grade) packed a gymnasium at Ecole Sainte Catherine in the 5th arrondissement on one of the coldest mornings of the year for the Preliminary Written Round of the Paris Spelling Bee.

  • Sixty-nine of the 82 registered participants in the Gazelles group and 29 of the 36 Cheetahs turned up for the mandatory written competition where children were given a dictation of words.
  • Participants were provided with a study list ahead of the event.
  • The Preliminary Written Round was divided into two sections: the first round consisted of 25 words from the study list, and the second round included 10 challenge words not from the study guide.
  • 20 Finalists from each group were selected based on their marks.
  • Over 30 schools were represented.
  • Contestants are divided into two divisions: Gazelles– CE2-CM2 (3rd-5th grade), and Cheetahs– 6ème- 4ème (6th-8th grade).

Congratulations to all the students who registered, studied and came to the Preliminary Written Round.

Below are the groups of finalists chosen for the Oral Finals, which will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2012 (10-16h00 approx) at the American University of Paris. There will be a mock/practice session on Sunday, March 11, (10h00-13h00) for all the finalists to learn useful tips on oral spelling bees, review contest rules and have a chance to meet fellow participants. This event will also be held at the American University of Paris.

Gazelles (CE2-CM2): Finalists for the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee Oral Finals
LAST NAME FIRST NAME CLASS SCHOOL
SINHA Jahnavi CM2 (5th grade) British School of Paris BSP
PLOTCH Solomon CM2 (5th grade) Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
DUGAN Molly CM2 (5th grade) Massillon
RENNER Miranda CM2 (5th grade) ÉABJM
GARCIA SEBEGO Carmen CM1 (4th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
CAVREL Sara CM2 (5th grade) EAB Victor Hugo
SADLIER Aoife CM2 (5th grade) EABJM
BENAISSA Zoe CM2 (5th grade) Ecole Boissiere
SARR Abdoulie CM2 (5th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
BEGASHAW Beakal Anteneh CM2 (5th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
SADLIER Aine CM1 (4th grade) EABJM
LEE Phoebe (Kyeongjoo) CE2 (3rd grade) EaB Victor Hugo
SHARMA Adhya CM2 (5th grade International School of Paris ISP
YOSHITAKE Yu CM2 (5th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
TURNER Phoebe CM2 (5th grade) American School of Paris ASP
ANSTYADI Jeanne Naila CM1 (4th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
SQUIRE Griffin CE2 (3rd grade) EABJM
BACAC Natasha CM2 (5th grade) EaB Victor Hugo
ALUPOAEI Tudor CM2 (5th grade) EURECOLE
THOMSON Jack CM1 (4th grade) Amiral Roussin

Below are results for the Cheetahs division:

Cheetahs (6ème-4ème) Finalists for the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee Oral Finals
LAST NAME FIRST NAME CLASS SCHOOL
DELARUE Pauline 6eme (6th grade) St Jean de Passy
HENRY Alexi 5eme  (7th grade) College de l’Europe
WHITEHOUSE Thomas 5eme  (7th grade) Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel
YOUNGBLOOD Anita 4eme  (8th grade) Lycee International de St. Germain-en-Laye
NOCQUET Sarah 4eme  (8th grade) EABJM
PRAT Chloe 4eme  (8th grade) Institut de l’Alma
VERNAY Remy 6eme (6th grade) College Martin Luther King
LEE Michelle (Minjoo) 6eme (6th grade) EaB the Victor Hugo
LEE Anne 6eme (6th grade) EABJM
SOUAMI Adam 4eme  (8th grade) College Martin Luther King
BACK William 6eme (6th grade) Collège Honoré de Balzac
GLAUBER Ruthie 6eme (6th grade) American School of Paris
SIDLER Benjamin 6eme (6th grade) College Gerson
YIN Kayo 5eme  (7th grade) EABJM
KISSOUM Fares 4eme  (8th grade) College Jean Baptiste de La Quintinye
SHARMA Bhanavi 5eme  (7th grade) International School of Paris ISP
HURLEY George 5eme  (7th grade) EABJM
ROPION Morgane 6eme (6th grade) EABJM
SOUAMI Jack 6eme (6th grade) College Martin Luther King
CAVREL Yanis CM2 (5th grade) EAB Victor Hugo


IMPORTANT:
Finalists will have until Thursday, February 9 at15h00 to confirm by email to parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com their participation in the Oral Finals of the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee. They must also pay their registration fees, as indicated on the registration forms. Deadline for payment of registration is Friday, February 10.  If there is no confirmation and payment, that spot will go to the next person with a qualifying mark. (Checks payable to Gifted in France, 39 ave de Versailles, 75016; same fees apply as the registration for the Preliminary event: 12 euros per child, 8 euros per each additional child in the same family.)
** A new study list for the Oral Finals will be made available to all finalists after February 14.

Thank you to everyone who participated and supported the efforts of the Paris Spelling Bee, especially the American Library in Paris, which has been very generous to the Bee with its space, time and supplies. A big thank you to the committee members who put in countless hours to make the Preliminary Round possible: Ashley Miller, Kim Siew Ngoh,  Jude Smith, Amy O’Hara, Cate O’Connor (on behalf of the Roaming Schoolhouse), Naida Kendrick Culshaw (on behalf of the ALP) and Janet Sahin in the US.

A special thanks to Starbucks for supplying enough coffee for all the parents who waited in the cold gymnasium while their children participated in the event and to Eloise Loh, Hazel Tan and Rani Kumar of the Singapore Club for making sure the coffee was delivered fresh and served.  We would like to thank the Roaming School House for their generosity in sponsoring the venue for the PSB Preliminary Written Round.  Last but not least, thank you to all the volunteers who came to lend a hand to the organizers, ensuring a smooth registration and testing session:  These volunteers include RSH staff Loretta Fox, Jennie Chiang, Sarah Glynn and Eimear Bowden.  Many thanks also to Julie Harris, Frank Connelly, Matt Benz, Chris Wyckoff, Shannon Connelly and Julia Connelly for helping the morning staff and behind the scenes in preparations.

The Paris Spelling Bee is an annual community enrichment event organized by Gifted in France in collaboration with the American Library in Paris, and hosted by the American University of Paris. We are grateful to both of these institutions for their support of the Bee.

Sincerely,
Helen Sahin Connelly
Coordinator, Paris Spelling Bee


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