Star students head to Spell Bowl finals - November 07, 2007

Record Number: 3590
Displayed from: Nov 07, 2007 , until: Nov 21, 2007

Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to send teams from two middle schools to the state Spell Bowl finals at Purdue University Saturday. Rival teams from Lakeside and Northwood middle schools will travel to Purdue after winning the Regional Bowl at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City last month. The two teams beat out several other schools in the area to reach the finals and are the only schools in the region making the trip. The Lakeside team, led by adviser Louise Swihart, has 17 members and started practicing for the season over the summer. The team has gone to the state finals three out of the last four years. "We are so proud to represent Fort Wayne Community Schools in the highest manner," Swihart said. "It is always our pre-season goal to make it to the finals. We have very high expectations for our scholars." Northwood's veteran team members (all of whom joined as sixth- or seventh-graders) took the experience they gained last year and returned with new dedication. This is the team's first trip to the state finals. "The students are very excited about making the state finals," adviser David Dew said. "They had set a goal to reach for state and worked hard to get there. All of Northwood has been very proud of the team's accomplishment." The state competition begins at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Loeb Playhouse on Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette. The awards ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Louise Swihart at 467-8625 or David Dew at 467-2930.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.