That wasn’t one of the words during the 2012-13 Jordan-Elbridge Middle School Spelling Bee on Dec. 12, but you can bet bee champion Mason Schoenborn can spell it.
The sixth grade student won in the 11th round of competition in front of a dozen parents and family members of the competitors and all the fifth and sixth grade students.
Mason took the lead after runner-up Alex Pond, a fifth grade student, stumbled on “presume.” Mason almost got it wrong too, pausing after the letter “m,” but then remembered to tack on the last “e.”
He locked in the win with a hard-fought spelling of “worthwhile,” stopping once and then spelling it all over again.
He made the win even more dramatic when he remembered – at the last tense moment – the rule that contestants have to repeat the word after spelling it.
“Worthwhile” he said, looking at pronouncer Janice Schue, the district’s assistant superintendent for instruction and special education.
“Yes, indeed, we have the spelling bee champion!” Schue replied.
”It was very hard to spell. Very hard to spell,” Mason said after receiving his trophy. “I was nervous.”
Mason and Alex were two of 15 fifth and sixth graders to compete in this round of the bee. The contestants were whittled down from 30 after the round one written spelling contest. Mason and Alex will compete in the writing round of The Post-Standard-WCNY Spelling Bee on Jan. 19 at Onondaga Community College. From there, it’s on to the oral spelldown televised live on WCNY, channel 24.1, on Feb. 2.
The following students competed in the middle school championships: