Tanque Verde Elementary 6th grader competes at County Spelling Bee

Lindsay Gaines, a 6th grader in Ms. Basler's class at Tanque Verde Elementary School (TVES), competed in the Pima County Spelling Bee this weekend, with 37 district, charter and home school students from all over Pima County.

After surviving 7 difficult rounds - with about half the students going out in the first 4 rounds, Lindsay went out in the 8th round with 9 students remaining. The spelling bee went only 16 rounds total.

The 3 top finishers were recognized at the Bee, but we think LIndsay's '9th place' finish also deserves recognition!

The word which stumped Lindsay was 'inselberg' -- [in-suh l-burg, -zuh l] which means a mountain or hill that stands alone in a flat or plane. Lindsay spelled the word 'insulberg' which follows the pronunciation guidelines.

To prepare for the County Bee, Lindsay studied materials provided by the Scripps Bee, including the district spelling bee list and hundreds of other words. She also studied general rules for words based upon the language of origin.

Mr. Greg Gaines, Lindsay's father and TVES science lab instructor, noted that Lindsay studied all the materials provided, and practiced spelling out loud, but the key to her preparation was reading. "Lindsay reads all the time!" he said.

We see a bright future for Lindsay Gaines as she continues her mastery of spelling, and she will always stand out as an exceptional student in TVUSD.

Congratulations, Lindsay, and all the outstanding student spellers who competed in the Pima County Spelling Bee!

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