Homeschooled student from Stillwater wins Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee
March 11, 2012
Noah Cassidy, 13, a member of the Stillwater Christian Home Educators group, won the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma. The winning word was oakenshaw, which means oak grove.
A Stillwater seventh-grader won the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma.
Noah Cassidy, a seventh-grader from Stillwater, won the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee Saturday afternoon at the University of Oklahoma.
This year, more than 25,000 students participated in spelling bees across the state. Forty students were at the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee.
Noah Cassidy, 13, is a member of the Stillwater Christian Home Educators group.
The winning word was oakenshaw, which means oak grove.
During the first six rounds of the bee, words from the spelling book were used. Beyond that, words were chosen from the dictionary.
“He was born into it. We have seven children, and they've all participated in spelling bees over the years,” said Noah's mother, Bobbi Jo Cassidy.
“He started competing as a kindergartner. It's his eighth year at competition,” she said.
Noah's sister, Hannah, won the bee in 2008 and 2009, and brother, Caleb, took home top prize in 2003's competition, Cassidy said.
“My husband, D.J., works with him every single night, and my daughter (Hannah) works with him,” she said.
The other Cassidy child still living at home is Colin, who handled plenty of extra chores to allow Noah to focus on practicing, Cassidy said.
“We homeschool and we put a strong emphasis on communicating with people,” she said.
The runner-up was Michael Mandanas from Casady School in Oklahoma City.
The University of Oklahoma and Sonic have been longtime sponsors of the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee.
Noah will go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Bee Week is May 27 to June 1. The spelling bee semifinals and finals will be aired on ESPN2 and ESPN.
“We are just absolutely delighted to be going back for the fourth time,” Cassidy said.