Scotland County R-1 held its 34th annual Spelling Bee on Friday, February 19, 2016 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 second grade student, Finley Heine. The runner-up was Owen Brown, third grade. The second grade participants were Charlee Holland, Drayven Koser, Wesley McSparren, and Lillian Reese. Austin Ambrose was absent, so alternate Levi Stott filled in for him. Carter Clatt also served as a second grade alternate. The third grade participants were Isaac Exner, Emma Gist, Owen Hassell, Holly Mauck, and Ben Scott. Third grade alternates were Hannah Campbell and Dylan Dawson.
The winner of the fourth through sixth grade competition was fifth grader, Jackson McKee. The runner-up was sixth grade student, Corbin Kirchner. The fourth grade participants were Lathan McAfee, Janail Miller, Taydem Morton, Hattie Mumford, and Kennady Sapp. Cordell Vaughn was absent, so alternate Hunter Holt filled in for him. Dillon Hayzlett also served as a fourth grade alternate. The fifth grade participants were Bryn Aylward, Danielle Bass, Elsie Kigar, Jackson McKee, Hunter Sapp, and Owen Triplett. The alternates were Veronika Khroulev and Sean Schroeder. The sixth grade participants were Zachary Behrens, Hunter Cook, Abby Curry, Hayden Long, and Haylee McMinn. The alternates were Jess Girardin and Alex Long.
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. Also, special thanks to 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. Kara Wickert is the Spelling Bee sponsor.