Alia's Day, June 6, 2014
Governor Quinn honored Alia (who tied for 5th place in this year's National Spelling Bee) and Pranav (who placed second at last year’s National Spelling Bee). Quinn highlighted the importance of education and the vital role teachers play in molding our future. The photo of the Governor’s Proclamation, includes the line, “Whereas, throughout the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Alia’s family, friends, and classmates cheered her on with enthusiasm and pride”.
A huge contingent of Bulldogs came to the Thompson Center, along with teachers and staff, parents, and siblings. Alia and her parents, truly appreciate the unwavering and energetic Bulldog support throughout her Spelling Bee journey, from the Regionals to the National Bee and all the way to today’s press conference. It has been an amazing experience!
McClure's First National Spelling Bee Finalist!
Alia made it through Semifinals correctly spelling "concinnate” (meaning: to place fitly together : arrange in good order) and “misere” (meaning: a declaration by which a card player engages to lose every trick), and based on the computerized Semifinals test given last night, she made the cut as one of the twelve finalists. She was the very last finalist announced, and we had pretty much given up hope because there were still at least one other semifinalist (the sister of a former champion) who hadn’t been called and was considered likely to make the finals. But instead we heard, “And the last finalist…from Western Springs, Illinois…” And we erupted in cheers. Watch the Scripps Spelling Bee Final Round on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. tonight to see McClure's very own! Also check out the Channel 2 news at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
Check out these links that shows the support Alia's classmates have given her over the past two days.
8th graders cheer after hearing the 12th Finalist name.
Waiting for the final Semifinal Round
Alia in the preliminary round.