In recognition of excellence

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Editorial: Feb. 17, 2012

TOPIC: Excelling with mind and body
OUR VIEW: Good work

Students came from schools around the county with one mission: To correctly spell words.

None of the 19 students did it any better recently than West Hardin Middle School seventh-grade student Dillon Brock, who managed to win the event by accurately spelling the word, Gestapo.

Brock was the last student standing in the Hardin County Derby Festival Spelling Bee at the Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School. The runner-up in the contest was Teresia Buissereth, a fifth-grader at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School.

Students competed from the five Hardin County Schools middle schools, 11 of the HCS elementary schools, St. James Catholic Regional School and FAITH home school group participated. Students in grades 4-8 advanced to the county competition through school events.

Brock should be commended for his win and he now moves on to the Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee on March 10 at the PNC Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.

All students who took the initiative and challenged themselves to compete should be applauded. It is difficult to stand up and be put on the spot in front of peers.

So here's to the 19 youngsters who advanced and to all the other students who made the attempt. You did M-A-R-V-E-L-O-U-S!

QUICK TO ANSWER. Two of the best academic teams in the state  reside within a mile of each other.

The St. James Catholic Regional School and T.K. Stone Middle School finished first and second, respectively, in a Governor's Cup regional competition to advance to state competition next month.

The quick recall teams at the schools compete in "Jeopardy"-style quiz matches and advanced to state as well. T.K. Stone was first and St. James second.

The competition also included several written assessment competitions where local students excelled as well.

CHEERS TO YOU AND YOU. The cheerleading squads from Elizabethtown High School and LaRue County High School enjoyed strong showings last weekend in Orlando, Fla., against schools from around the country.

EHS placed seventh in the Large Varsity Division II and LCHS was 13th in the Medium Varsity Division in the National High School Cheerleading Championships at the Walt Disney Resort.

DEADERICK MAKES AN IMPACT. It didn't take long for Elizabethtown's Brandon Deaderick to make an impact in the Super Bowl this month for the New England Patriots.

Early in the game the second-year lineman sacked Eli Manning of the New York Giants in what would turn into a New York triumph.

Knowing that Deaderick is from here added plenty of interest to this year's game.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.