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Huth student puts a spell on her competition

Updated: April 3, 2014 6:11AM



Noor Baig recently placed first in the South Cook County Area Spelling Bee.

Noor, 12, of Olympia Fields, a seventh-grader at Huth Middle School in Matteson, competed against 31 students enrolled in grades three through eight. Her final word in the event was “oblivion.”

“It’s really quite impressive to see Noor Baig’s energy and enthusiasm for a critical skill such as spelling when so many writers in today’s fast-paced digital world rely on computer software to monitor their work,” Matteson School District 162 Supt. Blondean Davis said in a press release.

Since her kindergarten days, Noor has been recognized by her teachers as being persistent with her love of spelling, the release said. She’s remembered by her teachers as being a hard-working, polite, kind and humble student.

“Noor never wasted a previous minute of learning time. She would inquire if she had questions and would add creative details to classroom discussions,” Jean McBride, a first-grade teacher at Arcadia School in Olympia Fields, said in the release.

“Noor truly represents scholarship and leadership at its best. Her enthusiasm continues to be contagious, for she shares her positive love of learning with all who surround her,” Arcadia Principal Patricia Ransford said in the release.

Noor’s spelling bee coaches in fifth and sixth grade at Illinois School, Denise Taylor and Elissa Wilson, identify Noor as a “stellar speller.”

“Noor knows practically every word from every language; she can determine a proper spelling from the word origin alone,” they wrote when asked to summarize Noor’s career.

“A fierce competitor, Noor was a leader during practice because she encouraged her teammates to go the proverbial extra mile as they prepared for the recent District 162 spelling bee. An extremely diligent hard worker, Noor is an incredible student and an inspiration to all,” Taylor and Wilson wrote, according to the release.

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