West Colchester Consolidated student out spells them all and wins Nova Scotia Bee!
The Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee is a one-day competition open to home-schooled, public- and private-school students. The Bee is an intensive day of word-forming and a whole lot of fun! Not one to bow to the pressure of the day or the complexity of a word, Ryan Spencer, a Grade 7 student at West Colchester Consolidated, out spelled the competition and will now represent Nova Scotia at The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC!
Ryan's winning word was 'placebo', but spelling your way to the top takes a lot of hard work. After losing to a home-schooled student from Cape Breton at last year’s Bee, Ryan began training early in November to prepare himself for the stiff competition. He was able to advance to the Provincial event in Halifax after winning a smaller Bee held at Citadel High School earlier this year.
In addition to his trip to Washington to represent Nova Scotia at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Ryan also received a $5000 educational bursary, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Egg Producers. Congratulations Ryan, we'll BEE watching!