Daily Archives: October 8, 2017

Five Wellington girls reach state tournament by surviving tough Collegiate regional

2017 Wellington High School state qualifiers include, from left, Abby Lowe, Rylee Rusk, Avery Rusk, Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten. (Courtesy photo) 

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Class 4A Tennis Regional was a nine-team tournament. But it turned out to be a three-team battle between the top five teams in the state.

In the end Wichita Collegiate would eke out a regional victory with 20 points. Andover Central finished second with 16 and Wellington had 15. Circle came in a distant fourth with 7. The other five teams didn’t score a point.

Wellington would end up getting five of the six girls into the Class 4A State Tournament to be held in Pratt next weekend.

Wellington’s Mekenna Adams and Kylie Aufdengarten will return to state as a doubles team. Avery and Rylee Rusk qualified as the other doubles team. Abby Lowe will return to state in singles.

Jacelyn Buck was the victim of a bad bracket seed in a tough regional and failed to make the state tournament.

Sunday blog: The epidemic that is dyslexia

Commentary by Robert Escandon, Sumner Newscow — I am in the “tail-end” of a long working life, roughly two thirds of which has been spent in Engineering and one third teaching math.  Over the years I have developed an interest in dyslexia as a result of observing adults (in the business field) and students (at school) who lack ability to write even simple sentences.  Sometimes I would see text that was so glaringly wrong, that I’d ask myself how it was even possible that the writer couldn’t see such obvious errors.

Robert Escandon

Those same people usually, but not always, had difficulty reading too.  I’ve sat in classrooms many times during periods of “silent, sustained reading,” and watched some students utterly frustrated and terrified that someone will call them out to read in public.  As the students got older, they would “play the game” and sit with a book open at a page but make no attempt to actually read it.

My interest was piqued following a lecture and presentation by a specialist in dyslexia.  It is not just a problem of misspelling or writing letters backwards, it is a far deeper neurologically based condition.  It would appear that a special region of the brain undertakes the task of analyzing phonemes into syllables.  A typical example would be the word “that” which has to be separated into three separate sounds.  Or, consider the three phonemes in “bat,” where each linguistically distinct sound maps to a single letter.  Visual perception can also be a problem. 

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church – Biscuits and Gravy breakfast on Saturday

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