From left to right, Fred Scheller - Daily Star Publisher, 2017 Regional Spelling Bee Champion - Melodie Loya, her mother Debbie Loya, and DCMO BOCES District Superintendent Perry Dewey.
Pictured above: Monica Dugan, winner of the 2015 and the 2016 Regional Spelling Bee Championship with her mother Mary Dugan who also won the Regional Spelling Bee Championship in 1985. The Spelling Bee Fund sponsored by The Daily Star provided financial resources for her trip. 100% of all the funding directly supports students not operations expenses or management costs.
For the 15th year, DCMO BOCES has coordinated the Regional Spelling Bee competition that is open to 35 schools in Delaware, Chenango, Madison, and Otsego counties. This year over 500 students competed at the local school level mastering much more than spelling skills. To prepare, students adopt rigorous study habits, build vocabulary, work as teams, and conquer the fear of public speaking. According to the event coordinator, Martha Ryan, the preparation process prepares students to become skilled workers. According to Ryan, the spelling bee competition program is a proactive approach to developing future professionals and leaders. “Business owners and employers should attend the next spelling bee competition to see first hand the making of our future workers and leaders. This is an endeavor worth supporting,” said Ryan
Beyond the national sponsorship fee funded by The Daily Star, access to a large community theater is necessary. SUNY Oneonta has hosted the event and views their contribution as an investment in leadership. Funding the champion’s journey to Washington DC is a critical component of this program’s success. According to Ryan, traveling and lodging expenses should not prevent a bright mind from advancing to the national competition.
To fund the champion’s journey to the National SCRIPPS Spelling Bee competition a new community fund has been established. Information about the Spelling Bee program. Your support means an investment in our students and our community.
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