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Scripps Spelling Bee

The 9th Annual North Cook ISC Scripps Spelling Bee had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather conditions. The original date was on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. As a result, the scheduled snow date was on Tuesday, February 12th at The Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth SD 38. There were 22 spelling bee finalists, representing the northern region of Suburban Cook County. Registration began at 6:00 p.m. with the bee beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. The breakdown of school representation was as follows: 7 from private schools and 15 from the public school sector. The age range of our finalists were as follows: 3rd grade - 1; 4th grade - 1; 5th grade - 7; 6th grade - 5; 7th grade - 2; 8th grade - 6.

The 9th Annual North Cook ISC Scripps Spelling Bee went 24 rounds, the winning word was Kodak, losing word was hoagies

Our North Cook ISC finalists were as follows:

  • 1st place was Logan Gouss, 6th grade student from Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette SD39
  • 2nd place was Calvin Franke, 8th grade student from Plum Grove Junior High School in CCSD15
  • 3rd place was Charlie Warner, 5th grade student from Carpenter Elementary School in Park Ridge Niles CCSD 64.

Spelling bee
      Dr. Bruce Brown and top 3 winners


Charlie Warner advanced to the 9th Regional ISC Scripps Championship event which was held on Wednesday, February 20th at McClure Jr. High School in Western Springs. We had a total of 9 finalists who advanced to the Regional Event, they are our representatives and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the previously held Annual ISC Scripps Spelling Bee events from North Cook, South Cook, and West 40.

Our 9th Annual ISC Regional Champion for 2019 was Calvin Franke, 8th grader from Plum Grove Jr. High School in CCSD 15, who is our repeat winner from last year. Calvin and one of his parents will have an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete at the televised National Scripps Spelling Bee from May 26-31, 2019, as a result of our generous grant award from ComEd.

We wish to express our gratitude to ComEd, An Exelon Company and Paula Conrad, Corporate Citizenship Manager for their belief in our bees along with their continuous support and Grant Funding of our Programs.

The 2019 National Spelling Bee Champion in DC are awarded the following prizes: from Scripps, a $40,000 cash prize and an engraved trophy; from Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U. S. Saving Bond and a complete reference library; from Encyclopedia Britannica, a $400 reference works (including a 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition and a three-year membership to Britannica Online Premium). Plus, a trip to New York City for the Champion to appear on LIVE TV with Kelly.   

The goals we establish for our students are listed as follows: 1) To improve spelling, 2) Increase their vocabulary; 3) Learn concepts and 4) Develop correct English usage.

Congratulations to all the Spelling Bee participants and GOOD LUCK to CALVIN and District 15!!

Calvin