Congratulations to Hephzibah Sujoe, who won the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Fort Worth "Star-Telegram" and Texas Christian University's College of Education!
The Scripps Spelling Bees start at the school level. This year, there were 488 school bees and the school winners then compete in one of the 25 Area Bees. Today, 24 students competed representing this region.
Hephzibah won in the 17th round with the word tenebrism. Some other words she spelled were slurvian, zwinger, quixote and gymkhana. As the Grand Champion, she received a 2018 Regional Spelling Bee Championship trophy, an all expenseS paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, $200 award, TCU audit course opportunity, a one-year subscription of Encyclopedia Britannica online, and a $100 Samuel Louis Sugarman award.
She moves on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which is May 29-31. The National Spelling Bee is the oldest spelling bee in the country, beginning in 1925. 50 states and six countries will be represented. 290 students compete with eventually 45 spellers vying for the top spot.
We are so proud of you Hephzibah!
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Summer reading is required for all BCS students entering grades 1-12, and summer reading information packets are available on the BCS website under the password-protected BCS Families menu. Use your RenWeb login credentials to gain access to this area, then select “BCS Forms & Flyers” on the left menu and scroll down to the Summer Reading section.
On April 9-10, the Bethesda Christian School Art team traveled to Waco to compete in the 2018 TAPPS State Art Competition. With a total of 34 entries and 153 points, our artists brought home the 2A state title! Congratulations to the new TAPPS 2A Art Champions!
BCS art instructor Anna Gill stated "I am delighted for our State Champion Artists who are bright, diligent and take the initiative to push the limits of their creativity to new heights. God has continued to show BCS artists great favor as this year we brought home 1st place at TAPPS State Art Competition for 2018. We look forward to pushing our creativity even further next year!"
Nine Ambassadors placed among the top three in their categories. Madison Sanford took first in Pottery for her thrown clay creation, Ecstacy, while Madeline Parish won the 2D Mixed Media category for Fontaine d'oiseaux. In Art History, a category that requires participants to take a written exam rather than submit artwork, Taylen Day, Natasha Bell and Madeline Parish placed first, second and third, respectively. In Communication Design, Jaxon Edwards finished first with Back on Top.
Other top-place awards were earned by Abby Gruenbaum in Fashion Design for The Mary Jane (1st); Casey Rivero for 2D Mixed Media for More Life (3rd); Emily Schumacher in Photography—Black and White for Surfacing (3rd); Miranda Rutledge in Short Film—Narrative for January 8th (2nd); Natasha Bell in Seek and Sketch—Color (1st); and Taylen Day in Printmaking for From the Serpent (1st)and in Relief for The Letter "T" (3rd).
Other students whose entries placed in each category are:
Drawing—Black and White: Abby Gruenbaum, fifth place; Grace Blair, honorable mention
Drawing—Color: Natasha Bell, fourth place
Communication Design: Emily Schumacher, fourth place
Computer-Rendered Art: Abbi Escamilla, fifth place; Keith Emery, sixth place
Painting: Taylen Day, fourth place; Natasha Bell, honorable mention
Photography—Color: Miranda Coffey, fourth place; Miranda Rutledge, seventh place
Sculpture: Madison Sanford, fourth place; Payton Young, honorable mention
On-site Drawing: Abby Gruenbaum, fourth place
Mrs. Gill expressed her thanks to the BCS administration for its support of the fine arts program. “I wouldn’t be able to do all that we do with media without the support of our leadership,” she added.
Interested in seeing the students' art? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 8 for the Spring Band Concert and Gallery Night!
"The spiritual things that were put in me have lasted a lifetime. That's why I keep trying to come back to Bethesda whenever I'm in town. There's so much that I want to give back to them for as much as they've given me." -Jason Avanzini, Class of 2004
We love catching up with our alumni! In this 6-minute video, you'll hear from several alumni on their experiences while attending BCS.