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Morning Star, July 19, 2016, pg. 4

Those of us who attended the Albion Public Schools have memories of the events and rituals that occurred on an annual basis at each grade level. One of them was the 7th grade spelling bee (contest). Students in that grade entered competition in class, and eliminations brought the total down to around 30 finalists. A "spell down" final was held at Washington Gardner High School, and first-second-third winners received trophies.

The 1964 spelling bee was held on May 1 of that year, and was supervised by Mrs. Lucille Moore, 7th grade reading teacher. The moderator for the event was Mrs. Eleanor Hart, senior high school English teacher, who pronounced the words to the students during the competition. The winning student that year was Raelle Corliss. Raelle successfully spelled the word "imaginary," that had just been missed by the second place winner, Mary Mac Moore. The third place winner was Carmen Garcia.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the happy winners of the 1964 7th grade spelling bee. Left to right: Mrs. Eleanor Hart, Mary Mac Moore, Raelle Corliss, Carmen Garcia, and supervisor Lucile Moore. How many of our readers ever participated in their 7th grade spelling bee?

The happy winners of the 1964 7th grade spelling bee contest.
Mrs. Eleanor Hart, Mary Mac Moore, Raelle Corliss, Carmen Garcia, and supervisor Lucile Moore.


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