Even though things look a little different this year, RP’s spell bowl team is still clinching victories! For the fourth year in a row, RP has placed at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl area competition and been invited to compete in the state finals. On Monday, November 2, the spell bowl team competed virtually. The spelling rounds were led by captain, and perfect speller, Macy Johnson. The team finished the area competition in 3rd place among Class 4 schools. With their score of 45, they were invited to the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl state finals.
On Monday, November 9, the team competed virtually in the state competition. With their 42 points, they achieved runner-up status (2nd place) among Class 4 schools.
New this year was an individual competition. Those who scored perfect or near perfect spelling rounds at the area competition were invited to spell all of the state finalist words during the state finals team competition. Macy Johnson was invited, and competed as an individual as well as a team member. She scored an amazing 117 out of 120 points.
Coach Laura Bennett said of her team: “I’m so proud of the work they put in especially with all the quarantines and craziness we’ve experienced this year!”
The Indiana Academic Spell Bowl is sponsored by the Indiana Association of School Principals.
RPHS spell bowl team members include in front from left, Katie Watson, Mikayla Plank, Gabby Gampbell, Anna Porter, and Hayden Hastings. In the back are Paige Blackburn, Mason Rickard, Macy Johnson, Lindsey Peterson, and Thomasina Archey. Not pictured is alternate speller Preston Patton.
Also pictured is the RP Team Captain, and perfect speller in competition, Macy Johnson.