With words such as: radical, freckle, distinctive and voluntary, Fletcher third- and fourth-grade students tested their spelling skills at the Fletcher Elementary School Annual Spelling Bee. The 2013 Spelling Bee winner was fourth-grader Sydney Smith from Ardy Baldwin's room. Third-grader Peyton Ryan was first runner-up, and fourth-grader Jayden Adams was second runner up.
Sydney received a new bike donated by The Post-Journal and a trophy provided by the Fletcher PTA. Erin Troester, special education teacher, emceed the Spelling Bee, and judges included: Kim Przybol, school counselor; Karen Buck, school nurse; Lori Bird, reading specialist; and Stephanie David, literacy coach. As a special incentive, The Post-Journal also donated a second bike. The winner was drawn from all participants in the Spell-Off and presented to Fletcher student Kaden Marucci.
Fletcher's PTA also provided additional prizes, and K-Mart donated two bike helmets. Participants in the Spelling Bee included: Ryan Fitzgerald, Sydney Smith, Alivia Shilling, Aden Williams, Kylie Luce, John Carlson, Peyton Ryan, Alyana Johnson, Abby Roof, Ella Smith, Jayden Adams, Sydney Smith, Ryan Malarkey and Ashley Patch.