Franciscan Sister Prepares Students for Kauai Spelling Bee

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

March 09, 2017

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Tupy was pleased that two of her students at St. Theresa School, Kekaha, Hawaii were Kauai spelling bee winners.

Saint Theresa School hosted the annual School Spelling Bee this year on the island of Kauai in the last months. I was delighted to have two of my students place first and second. Hannah Brun on the left took first place and Kanoe Dusenberry on the right took second place.Franciscan Sister Mary Ann and St. Theresa Students

Note: Since historically spelling bees are competitions in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, we were wondering just what these students might be asked to spell. Sister Mary Ann told us that these were the words of varying degree of difficulty that her students remembered from the competition: mystic, equestrian and marionette. How would you do? Here’s a bit of trivia on this topic. The very first spelling bee was held in the United States.  The first winner of an official spelling bee was eleven year old Frank Neuhauser. He won the 1st National Spelling Bee -now known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee-in Washington, D.C. in 1925.