Indian Springs Middle School held its annual spelling bee Wednesday, January 9 in the Carver Center. Four sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students participated, spelling in 13 rounds. The winner was eighth grader, Xavier Alarie, and the runner-up was eighth grader, Noble Hinen. The two beat out last year’s ISMS champion, seventh grader Jordan Potter, and sixth grader, Ava Rowe.
Xavier is the son of Jill Allard and Renel Alarie. His winning word was “danceable”. Xavier last won the ISMS Spelling Bee in 2017 where he went on to win the Whitley County Spelling Bee. He is also a member of the ISMS Spell Bowl team.
Noble is the son of Andy and Paula Hinen. He missed the word “garbanzo” in the same round that Ava Rowe missed the word “extricates”. In a spell off between the two, Hinen correctly spelled the word “recoup” to be named runner-up. Noble was also runner-up for ISMS in 2017. He too is a member of the ISMS Spell Bowl team.
Helping with this year's ISMS Spelling Bee were Dennis Beckner as the coordinator and pronouncer and Beth Beckner as the judge.
Xavier will represent Indian Springs at this year’s Whitley County Spelling Bee which will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at South Whitley Elementary School beginning at 5. The public is invited to attend.