Four Local Students Aim For National Video Spelling Contest Win In D.C.
By Travis Thayer
Left to right: Emma Chamblin, Alex Miller, Gabby Brandner, and Kayla Duerler will travel to Washington, D.C. May 22-27 for the 2016 National Video Spelling Contest finals. Photo courtesy Bev Haas.
(Harrison, Oh.) – Four eighth-grade students from Harrison Junior School have used their creativity to earn a trip to our nation’s capital.
Gabby Brandner, Emma Chamblin, Kayla Duerler and Alexandra Miller make up the team, “The Escape Artists.”
The four collaborated to create a video for an English class project that was submitted to the 2016 Spellebrity National Video Spelling Contest. The object being to create a five minute or less video using three words that would be useful for a spelling bee contestant to know.
Their video showed kids using a book of fairy tales to escape from the reality of homelessness, bullying, and fighting parents. The three words used in the video were asylum, pulchritude and vituperative.
The video entitled, Fairy Tale Escape, placed third in the national competition, and earned the students an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. from May 22-27.
HEAR AN INTERVIEW WITH “THE ESCAPE ARTISTS” AND THEIR ENGLISH TEACHER BEV HAAS IN THE MEDIA PLAYER BELOW.
“I’m extremely proud of them because they worked together as a team,” said Bev Haas, English teacher at Harrison Junior School. “It was time consuming for the kids, and we took three weeks out of school with the curriculum.
The students also took time out of their spring break to create the video, and even got some help from fellow classmates Lydia Harrison and Christian Mauldin.
The five finalist will have their videos voted on during Bee Week by the 285 national spelling bee finalists. The winning team will receive $1,000 each and a trophy.
While in Washington, D.C., the students will be treated to a tour of the city, and tickets to the zoo.
Fairy Tale Escape by “The Escape Artists” can be seen below.