In the realm of literature, an extravaganza is a work that is marked by extreme freedom of structure and style – a work you can have a little fun with. Ironically, it was this word, the antithesis of what spelling bees are all about, that earned Marissa Pruitt a chance to compete in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee next month in Washington D.C.
Pruitt, an eighth grade student at Rolland-Warner Middle School, hadn’t expected to win the Lapeer County Spelling Bee, held at North Branch High School on March 28. She had put in the hard work to compete in her school’s bee, but didn’t expect to make it beyond that.
“I was nervous at first because I was first up … but after that I wasn’t nervous,” she said.
When she encountered her final word, the one that officially punched her ticket to the nation’s capital, she was relieved. She had seen it, studied it and didn’t waste any time spelling it.
“I was really surprised it was that easy,” she said. “I thought (the final word) would be harder.”
Certainly the words will get more difficult (last year’s winning word was cymotrichous), but Marissa has a knack for spelling and the poise to go with it.
Today, LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie personally congratulated Marissa for her accomplishment and encouraged her to do her very best to represent Rolland-Warner and the entire district.
“We’re proud to have Marissa carrying the banner of our district in the national spelling bee,” he said. “Her success is a testament to her personal dedication and to the commitment of her family and teachers.”
2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee
May 30, 8am – 5:30pm
Live on ESPN3.com
May 31, 10am – 1pm
Live on ESPN2
May 31, 8pm – 10pm
Live on ESPN