The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

January 24, 2013

Zinzuwadia wins Raleigh Spelling Bee

BECKLEY — After 30 rounds of challenging words, Nikki Zinzuwadia took first place at the Raleigh County Spelling Bee Wednesday.

Zinzuwadia, 12, of St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, won after four years of competing at the county level.

“It feels amazing,” she said after correctly spelling “vagrancy” to take the win. “I’ve always dreamed of winning the spelling bee.”

She said she spent a great deal of time studying and plans to hit the books once again in preparation for the state level competition March 16 in Charleston.

Spelling isn’t the only subject Zinzuwadia excels in; she was recognized in December 2011 for her winning entry to the Freedom Contest of the West Virginia Recycling Coalition and she also entered the Navy-Army National Bridge Design Competition at the national level in May.

Abby Stimson, a 7th grader at Victory Baptist Academy, was the runner-up of the Raleigh spelling bee, misspelling only the word “subtleness” by one letter.

She will serve as the alternate for the regional spelling bee. The second alternate will be Ashlynn Coffman of Park Middle School, who was in the competition for 18 rounds.

In the day and age of spell check and Google, correctly spelling words like “bequeath,” “etymology,” and “layette” is an impressive feat without technological assistance. All of the students who made it to the spelling bee Wednesday should be proud of their accomplishment.

Participants included elementary champion Kendal Win of Maxwell Hill Elementary, elementary runner-up Alexandra Croy of Greater Beckley Christian, Mia Sebastian of St. Francis De Sales, Nickolas Hall and Megan Belden of Beckley-Stratton Middle, Andy Williams of Victory Baptist Academy, Shayla Cooper and Colin Dingus of Greater Beckley Middle, Nida Amir of Park Middle, Logan Michael Kelly and Mycal Alexa Daniel of Independence Middle, and Luke Keaton and Amanda Farley of Shady Spring Middle. Johnny Drafton and Nathan Reichard of Trap Hill Middle were unable to attend.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • Video: Meat market

    The price of beef has everyone in a stew these days, and it doesn’t stop with the “what’s for dinner” protein. Prices of pork and chicken are on the rise, as well.

    April 17, 2014

  • Child care in state lacking in quality

    Child care programs of minimum or unrated quality are watching over about 93 percent of West Virginia children enrolled in them, a report released Wednesday said.

    April 17, 2014

  • Still alive, TWV’S 54th season is all ‘Hatfields and McCoys’

    Although the schedule is a bit different than originally planned, Theatre West Virginia Act II is officially alive, with 17 scheduled showings of “Hatfields and McCoys.”
    The curtain will rise for its 54th season on July 11, and Manager Scott Hill said these 17 shows will be produced with the same quality theater patrons have come to know and love over the years.

    April 17, 2014

  • jobfair Spring Job Fair: 400 job seekers meet 22 employers

    More than 400 people came looking for a new job Wednesday at The Register-Herald’s Spring Job Fair at the Tamarack Conference Center.
    This year there were 22 area employers in attendance which gave potential hires more options in many different fields.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Train derailment reported in Mercer County

    The derailment occurred in the Rock area of Mercer County, according to Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman.

    April 16, 2014

  • Report: High-quality child care lacking in state

    Child care programs of minimum or unrated quality are watching over about 93 percent of West Virginia children enrolled in them, a report released Wednesday said.

    April 16, 2014

  • Rahall raises $324k in WVa’s 3rd; Jenkins, $194k

    Democrat U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall raised almost $324,000 last quarter for his contested re-election bid, while GOP challenger Evan Jenkins banked about $193,500.

    April 16, 2014

  • State regional jails ban touching during visits

    Concerns about drug contraband have prompted a ban on regional jail inmates touching loved ones during supervised contact visits.

    April 16, 2014

  • Renew W.Va. car registration online

    State residents strapped for time got a break Tuesday when Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Acting Division of Motor Vehicles Director Steve Dale announced new DMV online options for renewing vehicle registration.

    April 16, 2014

  • Manchin says mines should speak out about coal

    The Democratic senator leading the battle against the White House’s strategy to fight climate change urged the mining industry on Tuesday to speak out about coal’s role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to the country to help combat strict new emissions rules for coal-fired power plants.

    April 16, 2014