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Worley Student Wins 2024 District Spelling Bee

For the second year in a row, Robert Fisher is Mansfield ISD’s spelling bee champion. The Rogene Worley Middle School seventh-grader won the competition by correctly spelling the word “cauterize”.  

"I’m happy and nervous at the same time about going to regionals. I really want to go to nationals,” Robert said.  

The two-time champ studied the Scripps word list 2-3 hours per day to prepare for the bee. The words used in the contest are provided by Scripps, and students have an opportunity to study them. 

A total of 38 competitors participated in the annual event at the Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Center for the Performing Arts. Winners from every elementary, intermediate and middle school campus bee moved on to the district competition, held Feb. 2. 

New this year, both the district champion and runner-up will advance to the regional level. 

“Moving on to the next part of the competition will be so exciting and terrifying,” said Cross Timbers Intermediate sixth-grader Henry Ickes. Ickes is this year’s runner-up.  

“It's so much more than just spelling skills,” said Sarah McMurrough, English/language arts instructional coach for grades 3 and 4. “Our students are learning to gain confidence, maintain their emotions, and really study up for something important. It was great to see their sportsmanship and support for each other.” 

This year’s bee, sponsored by the Mansfield Sunrise Rotary Club, lasted 14 rounds. School board trustees, district staff and Rotarians comprised the judges panel. 

Robert and Henry will go on to compete at the regional spelling bee competition at Texas Christian University on March 5. The winner will represent the region in May at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. 

District Spelling Bee Contestants

Alice Ponder Elementary Klydee Bundy
Alma Martinez Intermediate Karis Garcia
Anna May Daulton Elementary Preston Olowookere
Annette Perry Elementary Olamma Onyegasi
Asa Low Intermediate Henry Scheele
Brenda Norwood Elementary Nyckthan Nguyen
Brooks Wester Middle School/Jerry Knight STEM Lauren Betts
Carol Holt Elementary Paxton Nguyen
Charlene McKinzey Middle School Kashyia Wooten
Charlotte Anderson Preparatory Academy Austin Barnes
Cora Spencer Elementary Aisha Adhami
Cross Timbers Intermediate Henry Ickes
D. P. Morris Elementary Adrian Rojo
Danny Jones Middle School Gabriella Winston
Della Icenhower Intermediate Oluwademilade (Demmy) Adenekan
Donna Shepard Intermediate Jaycee Crutchfield
Elizabeth Smith Elementary Cruz Aguilar
Erma Nash Elementary Bora Yilmaz
Glenn Harmon Elementary Jewel Duggins
Imogene Gideon Elementary Rachel Bui
J. L. Boren Elementary Kourosh Khomejani
James Coble Middle School Olivia Nguyen
Janet Brockett Elementary Adelyn Escano
Judy Miller Elementary Sean Dao
Kenneth Davis Elementary Lucas Le
Linda Jobe Middle School Elina Ung
Louise Cabaniss Elementary Adesire Onasanya
Martha Reid Elementary Yaseen Chowdhury
Mary Jo Sheppard Elementary Victor Hoang
Mary Lillard Intermediate Marcus Brimon
Mary Orr Intermediate Salma Al Salameh
Nancy Neal Elementary Jackson Doll
Roberta Tipps STEAM Academy Dylan Albertson
Rogene Worley Middle School Robert Fisher
T. A. Howard Middle School Rekik Yeselam
Tarver-Rendon Elementary Ace Hendon
Thelma Jones Elementary Jocelyn Milliner
Willie Brown Academy Rosalind Mays


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