This Diamond of Juliette Low Service Unit has competed in seven spelling bees and has set a goal to compete nationally. Now that’s a G.I.R.L. agenda we can get behind! Meet Allie G., a Cadette in Troop 6897. In third grade, Allie went to present something for her school at a Cabot School Board Meeting and there she met the Cabot District Spelling Bee winners.
“I thought it would be really cool to win a spelling bee like them, so last year I competed in my class spelling bee and won, and that got me started,” Allie says.
After winning her class spelling bee, Allie placed 5th in the school bee, which qualified her for the district bee where she placed 8th.
“Participating in Girl Scouts selling cookies has taught me perseverance which helped me to keep competing after some losses last year,” Allie says. “This year, I won my class bee again, and placed first in the school bee!”
Allie went on to compete against 5th- 8th graders in her school’s district bee and the Lonoke County Bee where she placed first. She is currently preparing to compete in the Arkansas State Spelling Bee where she hopes to win and compete nationally.
“I try to study every night for two or three weeks leading up to each bee,” says Allie, “Lately, I’ve been studying 30 minutes to an hour each day getting ready for the state bee.”
So far, Allie has learned 2500 new words competing in spelling bees!
“I am working on learning 1,150 new words for the state bee,” Allie says, “My mom usually looks up a word and tells me the definition and how to pronounce it, and then I try to spell it. I also use an app on the family iPad to study.”
What’s her secret, you ask? Well, aside from diligent studying, Allie has a lucky outfit!
“My lucky outfit is a pink and navy blue striped dress with stars on it,” Allie says, “I have worn it to every spelling bee so far this year, however, for the State Bee they will provide all the contestants with matching t-shirts…No worries though, I’ve got brains which is more empowering than luck.”
Allie has been in Girl Scouts for six years, and when she is not competing in spelling bees Allie enjoys playing the violin, attending Bible class and participating in other activities with her church group, Kids for Christ. She also enjoys watching Kid’s Baking Championship and then trying out her own baking skills in the kitchen and reading.
What a G.I.R.L.!