Franciscan Sister Prepares Students for Kauai Spelling Bee

by Sister Julie Ann on March 9, 2017

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Tupy was pleased that two of her students at St. Theresa School, Kekaha, Hawaii were Kauai spelling bee winners.

Saint Theresa School hosted the annual School Spelling Bee this year on the island of Kauai in the last months. I was delighted to have two of my students place first and second. Hannah Brun on the left took first place and Kanoe Dusenberry on the right took second place.Franciscan Sister Mary Ann and St. Theresa Students

Note: Since historically spelling bees are competitions in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, we were wondering just what these students might be asked to spell. Sister Mary Ann told us that these were the words of varying degree of difficulty that her students remembered from the competition: mystic, equestrian and marionette. How would you do? Here’s a bit of trivia on this topic. The very first spelling bee was held in the United States.  The first winner of an official spelling bee was eleven year old Frank Neuhauser. He won the 1st National Spelling Bee -now known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee-in Washington, D.C. in 1925.

3 thoughts on “Franciscan Sister Prepares Students for Kauai Spelling Bee”

  1. annemarielom says:

    Having students study, prep and participate in any activity is such good practice of real life skills. Congratulations, Sister Mary Ann, to you and your students.

  2. Sr. Delores says:

    This brings back lots of memories. I remember Natasha Abadilla, my student going to the State competition on Oahu. I was with her. She studied very hard and did well. Congratulations…

  3. Teresa Hubert Holmes says:

    Sister Mary Ann, I remember you having classroom spelling bees with us in our classroom ions ago at Blessed Sacrament School, Waterloo, Iowa. This was one of my favorite things I recall (as well as walking to the water tower and back or baking in the cafeteria on weekends or driving to Mankato for a weekend visit). Congratulations to you and your students and on their challenge and victory. They’re lucky to have you for a teacher. I’m sure they’ll remember you, fondly, the rest of their lives, as I have.

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