Tyrel Mansfield, a seventh-grader at Lehi Junior High School, has won this year's Alpine School District Spelling Bee.
Mansfield, who won the competition by successfully spelling both "commission" and "anxiety," is now eligible to compete in the statewide spelling bee at the end of March. The winner of that event will compete in Washington, D.C., this June for national honors.Eric Heaps, a seventh-grade student at Mountain Ridge Junior High School in Highland, took second in the districtwide bee, which was held at Orem Elementary School last week. Mansfield is the son of Martin and Thalia Mansfield of Lehi, while Heaps is the son of Rex and Gayle Heaps of Alpine.
Approximately 40 students - all of them winners from local school competitions held in the district's elementary and junior high schools - squared off in the event.
The school, district and state competitions are open to all students in the fourth through eighth grades. The Alpine district event was co-sponsored by the Deseret News and the district, with the cooperation of the State Office of Education, the Utah Education Association and the State Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Alpine Superintendent Steven Baugh said the event actually takes several weeks of study by the students and augments other district education programs.
"The spelling bee helps students academically in a number of areas and also contributes to our primary goal of language arts excellence," Baugh said.