Update:

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…

YOUNGBLOOD, SINHA, WHITEHOUSE AND SHARMA
are top finishers at the
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.

2012 PSB Cheetahs Group Cathy AN IMG_1834
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.

2012 PSB Gazelles Group by Celeste IMG_0154
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

2012 PSB Prelim Results

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

2012 PARIS SPELLING BEE

Results of the Preliminary Written Round

February 4, 2012

Congratulations to all the registered contestants who braved the freezing temperatures on Saturday February 4, to participate in the Preliminary Written Round of the 2012 Paris Spelling Bee.

Results will be emailed to contestants, and finalists will be posted on the blog by Monday February 6, 2012 at 15h00.

The Paris Spelling Bee Team

 

 

 

2012 PSB

2012 Paris Spelling Bee

TODAY, January 19th, is the last day to register.
All registration forms must be postmarked
on or before January 19.

Update: Gazelles (CE2-CM2) are full!
Spaces still available in the Cheetahs (6ème-4ème) division!

2011 Paris Spelling Bee: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, Cheetahs division

Registration for the 5th Annual Paris Spelling Bee (PSB) is now open. Please visit our 2012 Invitation page for details and also visit our FAQ page for more information. We have also created a 2012 Registration page for easy access to the registration form. Please keep in mind that the deadline is Thursday January 19, 2012. Form must be signed and mailed in with the participation fee. Here are some important dates for your 2011-2012 calendar.

COMMUNITY BEE EVENTS

  • Saturday January 14, 2012 Introduction to Spelling Bees 15h00-16h00, to be held at the ALP. For children ages 7-14. Must RSVP with the ALP. This event is now FULL.
  • Saturday January 14, 2012 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. This event is now FULL.

MAIN PSB DATES FOR 2011-12:

  • Thursday November 10, 2011 Paris Spelling Bee Registration Opens Registration opens for children in CE2-4ème. See our Invitation, FAQ and Registration pages on this blog.
  • Thursday January 19, 2012 Registration Deadline!! Last day to register for the PSB. Registration is first come first received, and limited to 100 applicants. To add your name or your school’s contact to our electronic updates, please email parisfrancespellingbee@gmail.com.
  • Saturday February 4, 2012 PSB Written Preliminary Round This is the written round for preregistered participants. Tentative time is 09h00-12h00. Location, in 75005, to be announced later. Confirmation, by email, will be sent to preregistered participants. Up to twenty finalists will be chosen from each division: Gazelles CE2-CM2, Cheetahs 6ème-4ème. Study List for the Preliminary Written Round will be made available 1 December 2011 on our blog under “2012 Study List,” and emailed to registered participants.
  • Sunday March 11, 2012 PSB Mock/Practice Session Tentative time: 10h00-13h00: This event is organized for
    Finalists chosen from the February 4th 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 the Finalists after the Written Round.
  • Sunday March 25, 2012 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 2011 PSB drew more than 100 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 20, 2011. For more information about the 2011 Bee and the winners- please scroll down.

Best of luck to everyone entering or following the 2012 Bee.
We are very excited about our 5th season!
Helen, Jude, Naida, Ashley, Amy, Cate, Kim and Rose
2012 Paris Spelling Bee Committee