January 28, 2015

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy fifth grader Noelle Min of Mason won first place overall at the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Cincinnati-area District Spelling Bee held January 24. Min will represent Mars Hill at the Ohio River Valley Regional ACSI competition along with fellow students Kyle Chu (seventh grade) of Cincinnati, who placed second, and James Gerkin (sixth grade) of Kings Mills, who placed fourth. The top four spellers of the district contest advanced to the regional competition which will be held at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, on Saturday, March 27.

“Our students excel in these competitions because of Mars Hill’s commitment to the classical model of education which incorporates constant review of spelling and grammar principles,” said James Waldy, MHA Grammar School Principal. “At this age, they find it almost effortless to memorize over 70 phonograms, which are the building blocks to the spelling and pronunciation of the English language.”

ACSI is comprised of nearly 24,000 member Christian schools in 100 nations worldwide. The ACSI annually conducts spelling bees across the nation, culminating in a national contest held in Dallas this May.

Photo: Mars Hill sixth grader James Gerkin, fifth grader Noelle Min, and seventh grader Kyle Chu secured three of the top four spots to advance to the Association of Classical Schools International Regional Spelling Bee to be held at Ohio Christian University this March. Min won first place overall in the district bee, Chu took second, and Gerkin placed fourth.