Two Kingwood Christian School students win state spelling bee awards

By Emily Reed/Special to the Reporter

Two Kingwood Christian School students recently won awards at the Alabama Independent School Association state spelling bee.

Two Kingwood Christian School students recently won awards at the Alabama Independent School Association state spelling bee. Hannah Fisher, left, and Nicki Modi, right, hold their awards after the state competition earlier this month. (Contributed photo.)

Two Kingwood Christian School students recently won awards at the Alabama Independent School Association state spelling bee. Hannah Fisher, left, and Nicki Modi, right, hold their awards after the state competition earlier this month. (Contributed photo.)

Hannah Fisher, a fifth grader at KCS, won the state competition for her grade level by correctly spelling the word “expertise.”

Nicki Modi, an eighth grader at KCS, also won the state competition for her grade level by correctly spelling the word “opossum.”

KCS principal Ruth Gray said this is the second year for Modi to win an award, after she previously won the competition during her seventh grade year.

“Each year we have a school spelling bee in January that starts at the classroom level for grades 4-8,” Gray said. “We have two spelling champions from each grade that then compete for the school spelling bee. The school spelling bee competition provides one grade level winner that goes on to compete at the AISA District Spelling Bee.”

The district competition this year was held in Sumiton at Sumiton Christian School, and the state competition was held at Huntingdon College in Montgomery on Feb. 8.

There were eight students that competed in the state portion, one from each AISA District, Gray said.

The Alabama Independent School Association’s mission is to serve independent schools in the state of Alabama by providing its member schools with educational and corporate services and programs focusing on excellence in academics, accreditation, and athletics, according to AISA’s website.

Students at KCS started competing for the first time in 2016, and Gray said she is very proud of how well the students have done.

“In our society, spelling is often seen as unnecessary, or the ability to spell is seen as unnecessary with the invention of spell check and auto correct,” Gray said. “We strive to stress the importance of being a good speller to all of our students, and we are confident that although Modi has aged out of the competition, Fisher and many other KCS students will have the opportunity to participate in the future.”