Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Cubit above the Field ; Best Spelling, Composure Required in Marathon Test

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Cubit above the Field ; Best Spelling, Composure Required in Marathon Test

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Cubit. "Can you repeat the word, please?"

Cubit.

"Cubit. C-U-B-I-T. Cubit."

And with that, North Junior High seventh-grader Vanessa Jodlowski won the 2014 Tri-State Spelling Bee Saturday at Ivy Tech Community College.

The 13-year-old didn't hesitate much throughout the bee, only becoming frustrated toward the end of the four-hour contest.

"I was praying - hoping I would win," Jodlowski said. "Everybody here was great and they all had a chance, so I just did my best and I won."

English is not Jodlowski's first language. Her parents hail from Poland and she didn't learn English until preschool.

"At home, where we are all alone and it's just her and us, we speak Polish because it's the only way we can keep her speaking our language," said Jodlowski's dad, Ted.

He said he was confident his daughter would win.

"We knew that she knew all the words from the list," he said.

Jodlowski is adding Spanish to her list of languages.

"I'm working on my third language," she said. She will represent the Tri-State in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 26, in Washington, D. C.

"I'm probably going to study the dictionary now," said Jodlowski, who studied every day for the local bee. "I got home from school, did my homework, ate dinner and then I studied it. I swim on a swim team and I swam every day, but for the last month, I haven't been swimming at all because I was just studying for this. So I'm going to be really out of shape when I start swimming again."

Not only did Jodlowski win a trip to Washington, she also won a bet with her parents, who told her they would take her to Disney World if she won.

Jodlowski received two trophies - one for home and one for school - a Merriam Webster dictionary, a Courier & Press jacket and travel bag and $250 from Michael and Karen

Karcher, who write a check to the winner every year in honor of their son, a 1996 and' 97 champion, who died in a car accident. …

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