PRINCETON — Mercer School’s stage filled with students trying to remember fill words with the correct letters Thursday afternoon for the school’s annual spelling bee.
Before the students could get started, Principal Kelli Stanley explained that fifth grade teacher Kelly Druggish was Mercer’s go-to person for the spelling bee.
“She’s the one that works with the kids before hand and helps them study,” Stanley said. “She sits beside of the judges and makes sure things go smoothly during the competition.”
Druggish’s role came about when she transferred from Oakvale to Mercer six years ago. At the time, the teacher in charge of the spelling bee decided not to keep the role. Druggish found out and assumed responsibility.
As she got started, she found that the students that participated learned more than how to spell certain words, they also gained an appreciation for having good study habits. Which Druggish believes is sure to help them as they continue to go through the Mercer County School system.
When the students started spelling practice words, Druggish talked about the thrill of watching a student go from practicing words to winning in front of their classmates and representing the school at the county level of spelling competition.
“It’s an awesome thing to watch,” Druggish said. “It gives them something that they can say that they’ve worked for and that they can be proud of.”
Sitting beside of the judges, one could tell that moment when a student knows they’ve won, is worth the extra effort to Druggish.
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