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Avery Coonley Students Honored by Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn

Monday, September 22, 2008  
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The Avery Coonley School had the distinction of having two students honored this summer by Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn for their achievement in state and national academic competitions. Recent graduate Emily Temple-Wood '08 competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee while current 8th Group student Gideon Ticho competed in the National Geographic Bee. Both competitions took place in Washington, D.C.

Temple-Wood won the Avery Coonley School Spelling Bee, the DuPage Private School Bee, and the DuPage County Final Regional Bee en route to a tie for 46th place at the National Bee. Sponsored by ComEd, Temple-Wood participated in four rounds of the Bee; one written round and three rounds on stage. She successfully spelled 20 of 25words on the written exam, and correctly spelled tactically and tickicidal before misspelling alastrim in the fourth round of the competition. It is estimated that 11,000,000 children participate in the National Spelling Bee from the United States, American Samoa, Canada, China, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In June, Temple-Wood was recognized along with the other regional champions in a ceremony with Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield.

As a 7th Group student, Ticho won the Avery Coonley Geography Bee and advanced to the Illinois State Geography Bee. At the state competition, Ticho finished 1st among 100 entrants and earned the right to represent Illinois as the state's sole contestant at the National Bee. The National Geographic Bee brings together Bee winners from all 50 U.S. states, the U.S. territories, and the schools of the U.S. Department of Defense. Now an 8th Group student, Ticho will attempt to return to Washington in May, 2009 as a two-time Illinois state champion. While in Washington, Ticho met Representative Judy Biggert and later in the summer received the Hometown Hero Award from the Office of Lieutenant Governor Quinn.

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