Scotland County R-1 held its 35th annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the elementary school gymnasium. This year’s competition featured two categories. The first category was a competition for second and third grade students. The second category included students in grades four through six.
The winner of the second and third grade competition was third grade student, Austin Ambrose. Austin is the son of Derek and Kelly Ambrose. The runner-up was Emery Kirchner, second grade. Emery is the son of Ian and Teresa Kirchner.
Other second grade participants were Ella Arnold, Braylon Campbell, Laney Doster, Kaley Kerkmann, and Meaghan Scott. The alternates were Ava Remley and Maezy Swearingen.
The third grade participants were Dane Blessing, Autumn Huber, Drayven Koser, and Lillian Reese. The alternates were Finley Heine and Letha Ward.
The winner of the fourth through sixth grade competition was fourth grade student, Hannah Campbell. Hannah is the daughter of Zac and Kimberly Campbell. The runner-up was sixth grade student, Sidney Brandon. Sidney is the daughter of Michael and Andrea Brandon. The 4th grade participants were Reese Cook, Ben Scott, Marcus Smith, Layne Stott, and Makyla Swearingen. The alternates were Jaci Knupp, Mason Mallett, and Christopher McKinney.
The 5th grade participants were Emma Anders, Hugh Baker, Corbin Blessing, Emma Harvey, and Hattie Mumford. Makynlee Jack was absent, so Mazy Dodge served in her place. The other alternate was Kendal Anderson.
The 6th grade participants were Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Jackson McKee, Owen Triplett, and Julian Valle. The alternates were Lydia Davis, Mary Matheny, and Justin Swearingen.
Each year, the winners in our Spelling Bee are awarded dictionaries, which are donated by the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. This year, Sheila Berkowitz presented the dictionaries to the two winners.
The Scotland County R-1 Elementary School would like to thank Sheila Berkowitz for serving as a pronouncer and for her continued work to formulate the master spelling list. We would also like to thank Epsilon Iota for the dictionaries, Shellie Jackson and Rob Egenberger for setting up and tearing down, Linda Hervey for printing the certificates, and Emily Frederick, Dawn Triplett, and Julie Wickert for serving as judges. A special thanks to Ruth Mumford for assisting with practices held after school. Kara Wickert is the Spelling Bee sponsor.