Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
It was a 22-round battle. The battle ground was the Kimball Area High School cafetorium. The District Spelling Bee was under way. Austin Roerick and Jacob Cleveland had emerged from a field of 19 students in grades 5-8 as the two finalists. They took turns at the podium attacking the many words Erik Widvey, High School principal, challenged them to spell. In the end at the Feb. 4, 2008, competition, Roerick claimed victory by correctly spelling the word "crochet". Each year the Kimball School District participates in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee. Classrooms hold competitions to determine who will represent grade levels at the district bee. This year the following students participated in the Spelling Bee: grade 5 - Josh Zabinski, Jarred Merchant, Madelyn O'Brien and Regan Dockery; grade 6 - Nicole Doran, McKenzie Libbesmeier, Karlee Beehler and Devon Kelley; grade 7 - Cayla Czech, Ashley Borstad, Jon Bisila, Janessa Dahl, Austin Roerick and Hannah Zipoy; grade 8 - Chelsey Maus, Jacob Cleveland, Maria Donnay, Erin Dingmann and Mitchell Hurrle. Roerick will advance to Resource Training & Solutions' Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 21, 2008, at St. John's University in Collegeville. Four regional winners will advance to the Minnesota Multi-Regional State Spelling Bee Thursday, March 22, sponsored by Forum Communications. The State winner advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC from May 28-29, 2008. With the Spelling Bee win, Roerick adds another medal to his list of accomplishments this year. In January, he earned top honors at Kimball's National Geographic Bee. He is the son of Mark and Donna Roerick of Kimball.