Joe Ward keeps spelling title in Perry

Joe Ward--Spelling Bee

Photo by Clarke Davis
Joe Ward, left, became the Jefferson County spelling champion last week when the county bee was held in Perry. The runner-up who will join him at the regional contest is Trace Kesinger, right.


by Clarke Davis
Joe Ward, a Perry-Lecompton seventh-grader, captured first place in the Jefferson County Spelling Bee Jan. 26.
The runner-up, who will join Ward at the Regional Spelling Bee, is Trace Kesinger, an Oskaloosa sixth-grader.
Ward and Kesinger were the last two standing entering round four of the bee that lasted about 15 minutes.
Twelve champion spellers from the county’s elementary and middle schools met at Perry-Lecompton High School’s little theater in Perry, home of last year’s champion speller, Shaunna Hoover. Ward’s victory will keep the contest in Perry next year.
Half of the contestants failed to get through the first round while the remaining six all spelled their words correctly the second round. Four more fell in the third round.
The word “smorgasbord” was misspelled by Kesinger in the last round and Ward correctly spelled “quasar” and “languish” to capture the title.
Joe is the son of Darrel and Lynn Ward. Trace is the son of Brandon and Stephanie Kesinger.
The other contestants were Kaya Driskill and Henry Wahl, McLouth; Drew Pickerell and Holden Walker, Valley Falls; Jerrett Martin and Natalie Thompson, Jefferson West; Elle Strother and Braden Huss, Jefferson County North; Asa Kesinger, Oskaloosa; and Quinn Waugh, Perry-Lecompton.
Perry-Lecompton Middle School Principal Josh Woodward welcomed the audience to the bee. The announcer was Lynn Ward, curator for the Lecompton Territorial Capital Museum,   and the three judges were Susie Whitaker, USD 343 district librarian, Janelle Carey, middle and high school language arts teacher, and David Roberts, middle school science teacher.
“We are proud to keep the bee at PLMS!” Whitaker said.
The regional spelling bee, sponsored by the Topeka Capital-Journal, will be March 5 at Seaman High School.

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