Friday, March 18, 2011
The University City seventh-grader says she's ready for the main event.
UPDATE: University City Patch spoke with Christine's mom Saturday afternoon and she said Christine was knocked out in the fourth round of competition. On Friday, the afternoon before the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee, the University City contender seemed fairly calm. “I’m a little nervous but I’m just I’m just gonna go with the flow," Christine Politte said. The Brittany Woods Middle School student had to get through the written phase of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee before advancing to the oral portion Saturday. Politte recalled two of the words she had to wrangle with: raconteur and inselberg. Say what? For the record, Dictionary.com defines raconteur "as a person who is skilled a telling stories and anecdotes …
Here are five things you can do in or near University City.
Glad you clicked on our new Grab and Go Kids Planner. We've assembled a handful of kid-friendly activities. Each week, we'll give you the info on family activities or events. Have a suggestion or tip? Simply add them to the comment box below. There are plenty of fun things for families to do in or near University City this weekend. Here's a look at five of them. POST-DISPATCH SPELLING BEE FINALS When/Where: Saturday 9am. Maryville University, located at 650 Maryville University Drive. Why Go: To silently cheer on Brittany Woods Middle School student Christine Politte is one of 32 finalists taking part in the finals. Pricing: Free. No children under the age of three allowed into the auditorium. ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY? When/…
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Fifth grader Francisco Mayo wins Jackson Park Spelling Bee
Jackson Park Elementary School's top 20 best spellers took the stage Tuesday for some tough word play. Yearning and whittle sidelined two students in the first round. The word novice knocked out a novice speller. Oxygen also proved too tough for another student. The last two students standing were fifth-grader Francisco Mayo and sixth-grader Chris Swan. The two went back and forth until Swan was sidelined by the word succinct. Truth be told, I had to look it up to remember how to spell it myself. Mayo won the contest by correctly spelling monstrosity. The pair reach received a trophy, a gift card and a one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids. Mayo, the winner, will represent Jackson Park at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Fifth-grader Caleb Perkins correctly spelled "Autumn" to win his school's spelling bee.
Taller than the other students, fifth-grader Caleb Perkins had to raise the microphone stand every time he walked to center stage. A walk he made several times on Wednesday until he was the last person standing at the Delmar-Harvard Elementary School Spelling Bee. He won by correctly spelling the word 'Autumn.' His main competitor was fourth-grader Gage McGinnis, who was sidelined after incorrectly spelling 'gentlemen.'