Emma Gist is presented a dictionary by Sheila Berkowitz after the SCR-I sixth grade won the 37th Annual Spelling Bee.

Scotland County R-I held the 37th annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 15, 2019 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, Kyle Dunnett.  Kyle is the son of Seth and Barbara Dunnett.  The runner-up was Jaden Bergeson, third grade.  Jaden is the son of Ryan and Jenny Bergeson.

Kyle Dunnett was the winner of the second and third grade spelling bee. He is pictured with Sheila Berkowitz.

The second grade participants were Hilary Hamm, Brant Heine, Kierstyn Moore, MaKenna Musgrove, Charlotte Tallman, and Bryleigh Ward. The alternates were Mya Stott and Elle Wentworth.               

The third grade participants were Jaden Bergeson, Kyle Dunnett, Kadience Frye, Olivia Leyva, Caylei Romore, and Levi Tague. The alternates were Keregan Middleton and Taygen Miller.

The winner of the fourth through sixth grade competition was sixth grade student, Emma Gist.  Emma is the daughter of Troy and Elizabeth Carper. The runner-up was fellow sixth grade student, Serena Vickers.  Serena is the daughter of Veanna Hutchinson.  

The fourth grade participants were Layla Baker, Braylon Campbell, Kenna Campbell, Laney Doster, Ciara Smith, and Hannah Whitney. The alternates were Emery Kirchner and Lily Wheeler.

The fifth grade participants were Austin Ambrose, Emory Black, Carter Clatt, Jayden Gerren, Autumn Huber, and Levi Stott. The alternate was Eleena Justice.

The sixth grade participants were Hannah Campbell, Emma Gist, Sabrina Heimer, Mason Mallett, Brenna Phillips, Marcus Smith, Makyla Swearingen, Braydon Thompson, and Serina Vickers.  The alternates were Owen Brown, Jaci Knupp, and Megan Wolfe.

Each year, the winners in the 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-I Elementary School faculty and students expressed their appreciation to 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 Frank Wineinger for setting up and tearing down, Linda Hervey for printing the certificates, and Emily Frederick, Dawn Triplett, and Julie Wickert for serving as judges,” said Kara Wickert, the SCR-I Spelling Bee sponsor.