Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Middle Tennessee Scripps Spelling Bee in Southeast Nashville Davidson County!

2014 Middle Tennessee Scripps Spelling Bee was won by Benjamin Kulas, age 12 of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Event Held at Crossings Event Center
On Saturday, March 15th, Benjamin Kulas age 12, a home-schooled eighth grader who recently moved into Davidson County from Williamson County, was declared the champion of the 2014 Middle Tennessee Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. Benjamin earlier won the regional bee when he was only nine. He described participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as 'the best week of his life.' He has had as his goal since then, to return and advance to the semifinal rounds. Benjamin's favorite school subjects are the sciences, especially computer science. He plays violin with the Williamson County Junior Orchestra and also plays piano. His favorite sports are fencing and archery. His parents are Diana and Jeff Kulas.

Benjamin was presented the champion's trophy by the M.C. Vicki Yates, nightly news co-anchor at Channel 5, Nashville, amidst a huge balloon and confetti drop and champion's music playing in the background. In addition to the all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for Benjamin and one parent, where he will advance to the National Bee, he received many other prizes for a total prize package of over $6,000 in value.

Alma Sanford, Board President of Crossings Nashville Action Partnership (CNAP) this year's sponsor, said there were 82 children from 17 Middle Tennessee counties participating, including 45 girls and 37 boys. Each won the championship in her or his local school but was not required to advance to a county bee prior to advancing to the regional bee. They ranged in age from 9 to 14 and Grade 3 to Grade 8.

Diane Eagle, an English Professor at Nashville State Community College served as the pronouncer, Ben Collier, branch manager of a local Fifth Third Bank served as the head judge. Other judges included Kimberly Becker, an English Professor at Nashville State Community College and Rev. Franklin Privette, a retired science teacher and minister from Bellevue. The recorder was Molly Martin, an elementary school teacher at Cane Ridge Elementary School in Davidson County. In addition to serving as the official "M.C" of the event, Vicki Yates also served as the back-up judge.

The Crossings Nashville Action Partnership education committee, consisting of 33 members met weekly since early December, to plan the details of the event and their planning was obvious in the flawless event that took place on Saturday. Parents and children alike who have attended past regional bees were extremely complimentary of CNAP and the noted the competency and fairness of the officials, as well as the helpfulness of the planning committee members who were onsite to assist the spellers and their families.

Pictures of the event, including each participant can bee seen on the website at www.CNAPNashville.org

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