The Times West Virginian

January 18, 2013

Nothing automatic

Students show proper spelling not a disappearing skill

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — It seems like everything has a spell-check anymore.

Word processors, Internet browsers, cellphones — just about everything but your pen can correct your spelling on the fly.

With so little need to remember how to spell words, some worry that the knack for proper spelling is a disappearing skill.

On Thursday night at the annual Marion County Spelling Bee, the fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders of Marion County set out to prove them wrong.

The winners, in order, were Ian Wilson, fifth grade, West Fairmont Middle School; Isabella Gibson, sixth grade, East Dale Elementary School; Vanessa Snodgrass, seventh grade, Barrackville Middle School; Dylan Jones, seventh grade, Rivesville Elementary and Middle School; and Abby Pride, sixth grade, Fairview Elementary School. Andrew Slusser, eighth grade, of East Junior High School, will serve as the team’s alternate.

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