Spelling bee planned for Saturday
A spelling bee champion will be crowned among the 12 county students set to compete Saturday during the annual Jackson County Spelling Bee.
The bee is being hosted by Royal Valley this year and competition will begin at 10 a.m. at the Royal Valley Elementary School gymnasium in Hoyt.
The top two spellers will advance to the regional spelling bee set for Saturday, March 7, at Seaman High School in Topeka.
Students who have qualified for this year’s county bee are:
Royal Valley USD 337: Sondra Owings-Priest (fifth grade), Alyssa Carlisle (sixth grade), Cassidy Parks (seventh grade) and Devon Hale (eighth grade).
Holton USD 336: Darby Ireland (fifth grade), Kassidy Fisher (sixth grade), Emily McGrath (seventh grade) and Grant Crawby (eighth grade).
Jackson Heights USD 335: Justin Mullins (fifth grade), Noah Hill (sixth grade), Blayne Gibson (seventh grade) and Caitlyn Morrissey (eighth grade).
Alternate champions, who will compete if their class champion is unable to attend the Saturday competition, are:
Royal Valley USD 337: Antonio Greemore-Hopkins (fifth grade), Briar Barnett (sixth grade), T.J. Lisica (seventh grade) and Allison Clements (eighth grade).
Holton USD 336: Sydney Althauser (fifth grade), Caden Huskey (sixth grade), Paige Crouch (seventh grade) and Walker Sheldon (eighth grade).
Jackson Heights USD 335: Justus Henry (fifth grade), Alyssa Harris (sixth grade), Mark Tessendorf (seventh grade) and Sydney Raborn (eighth grade).
Once the event starts, students will take turns spelling words provided to them. Those who correctly spell their words will advance to the next round of competition. Those providing incorrect spellings will be eliminated.
The spelling bee will begin with a practice round in order to help the students get accustomed to the competition’s format, audience and microphones. Students may ask for spelling word definitions, alternate pronunciations and the language of origin for their words, as well as have the word used in a sentence.
Judges set for the event include Lisa Stumpf, Michael Kimberlin (Holton Middle School principal) and Caleb or Ashley Wick. Pronouncer will be Nate McAlister.
Gift bags will be provided for all participants, as well as trophies for the winners. Funds were donationed by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to help cover this expense, it was reported. Refreshments will also be served at the event.
The top two county champions will advance to the regional bee. The winner of that event will earn an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. set for May 24 – 29.
The spelling bee is open to the public and is free of charge to attend.