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Cherokee Nation Language Bowl
Nov. 28, 2005
Two Collinsville Teams Competed
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Third - Eighth Graders November 1st & 3rd Events at NSU

Collinsville Public Schools had two teams enter the Cherokee Nation Language Bowl. The 3rd through 5th grade division went to competition on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at NSU in Tahlequah. The team coached by Tonya Vaughn had about two and a half weeks to study the Cherokee Language and Syllabary and won their first round and lost the second and third round. Many teams had to leave early so our team was able to advance to the third round. We are so proud of these students for their dedication and hard work. The following Herald students made up the 3-5th grade team: Baylee Stites, Rachel Griffin, Christian Sink, John Turner, and Ryann Heller. These students were treated to a pizza lunch provided by the Indian Education Staff.

The 6th through 8th grade division went to competition on Thursday, November 3, 2005. The team coached by Alice Wilder also had two and a half weeks to study and placed fourth. They advanced in the competition because of teams having to leave and they won their first and third and lost their second and fourth matches. These students were treated to a pizza lunch: Phillip McMullen, Damien Clark, Blake Stites, Kimberly O'Banion and Victoria Collier. We are very proud of all these students for working hard and doing a good job at learning their native language. I would like to thank the coaches for their dedication in keeping the Cherokee Language alive and for their patience and hard work.

Janice Fields
Collinsville Indian Education Staff

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