McLouth, Valley Falls students win spelling bee
McLouth eighth-grader Callie Rice will make her second trip to the state spelling bee March 5 to represent Jefferson County.
She won the county spelling bee Feb. 8 and will be accompanied to the state contest by runner-up Collin Edwards, a Valley Falls seventh-grader.
They were the last two standing when the bee ended after about a dozen rounds in less than half an hour.
Scheduled for Perry, the home of last year’s winner, Amanda Jeter, the bee was cancelled Feb. 1 because of a snow storm. It was blowing snow Feb. 8 also, but the county’s top 11 spellers showed up to compete.
Four spellers were eliminated in the first round and Callie and Collin were the only two left after six rounds. Callie was declared the winner after spelling five more words.
It was her third trip to the county bee representing her school. She entered the regional bee last year as the alternate after going a record-breaking 53 rounds against Jeter. She is the daugther of Steve and Julie Rice. Collin’s parents are Chris and Darla Edwards.
Callie said she practices her spelling words, but has no regular schedule. She plans to pick up the pace between now and the state bee.
The spelling bee was organized by Perry Middle School librarian Andrea Dennehy. The winners will be awarded U.S. savings bonds from the State Bank of Oskaloosa and the Bank of McLouth.
The county’s top spellers will enter the Topeka Capital-Journal Regional Spelling Bee at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Topeka West High School.
The winner of the regional bee gets an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Bee in Washington, D.C., June 1 and 2.
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