Area youth to compete in County Spelling Bee

Youth from the FAST Home School group compete in a school spelling bee. Qualifying for the Nemaha County Spelling Bee were (L-R) Marcus Anson, Tim Hemman, Kristi Edelman (first place) and Paul Anson. These students will represent FAST Home School Group on Saturday, January 20, at the Nemaha County Spelling Bee.

Submitted by Mary Jane Fleming

The Nemaha County Spelling Bee sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Nemaha County Courthouse. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the Spelling Bee beginning at 8:30 am.  The public is invited, and refreshments will be served.

Judges are Barbara Chadwell of Fairview and Glenda Foley and Joyce Fee, both of Hiawatha. Alternate judge is Sue McAllaster of Horton. The pronouncer is Barbara Vitt of Seneca.

Committee members are: Betty Gleason, Carol Bishop, Lucille Pennel and Nemaha County Coordinator Mary Jane Fleming. Sponsors for the event are Alpha Kappa Members, G & R Printing, Seneca Wholesale and Mike Stallbaumer with Seneca TV.

This year the Kansas Press Association is hosting the Regional Spelling Bee which will be held in Topeka on Saturday, March 10, at a location to be decided.

The first and second winners of the Nemaha County will participate in the Regional Spelling Bee. Winners of the Regional Spelling Bee will go on to compete at the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington. Other prizes and gift certificates also will be awarded at the national level.

Five area schools participating in the Nemaha County Spelling Bee. The schools and students are as follows:

Sabetha Elementary/Middle Schools

Sophie Shafer, fifth grade, daughter of Steve and Julie Shafer; Laura Edelman, sixth grade, daughter of Ryan and Brandy Edelman; Joshua Grimm, sixth grade, son of Chris and Cherie Grimm; Taylor Menold, sixth grade, daughter of Trent and Rita Menold; Penn Bachelor, seventh grade, daughter of Michael and Keremy Bachelor; Mary Lukert, seventh grade, daughter of Brett and Sara Lukert; and Cameron Harrell, eighth grade, son of Joe Harrell and Devon Winkler.

F.A.S.T. Home School Group

Marcus Anson, fifth grade, son of Scott and Lydia Anson; Paul Anson, fifth grade, son of Scott and Lydia Anson; Kristi Edelman, seventh grade, daughter of David and Sheri Edelman; and Timothy Hemman, seventh grade, Son of Nathan and Cindy Hemman.

Sts. Peter and Paul School

Isabelle Hammes, sixth grade, daughter of Jason and Jill Hammes; Ryan Uphaus, sixth grade, son of Jim and Kelli Uphaus; Sarah Haverkamp, seventh grade, daughter of Mark and Francine Haverkamp; Julie Rottinghaus, seventh grade, daughter of Sam and Brenda Rottinghaus; Faith Henry, eighth grade, daughter of Will and Charity Henry; Dylan Lortscher, eighth grade, son of Brent and Linda Lortscher; and Allison Schmelzle, eighth grade, daughter of Kirby and Kristi Schmelzle.

Nemaha Central Elementary/Middle School

Kaitlyn Hammes, fifth grade, daughter of Brad and Glenda Hammes; Joseph Korber, sixth grade, son of John and Susan Korber; Garrett Huerter, seventh grade, son of Brad and Serena Huerter; Korbin Macke, seventh grade, son of Steve and Jessie Macke; Taryn Bergman, eighth grade, daughter of Daren and Lori Bergman; Andrew Frye, eighth grade, son of Mike and Kristi Frye; and Messiayah Nolte, eighth grade, son of Steve and Leanne Nolte.

Centralia Schools

Makenna Schober, fifth grade, daughter of Lindsay Schober; Maveryk Becker, sixth grade son of Royce and Monica Becker; Raegan Becker, seventh grade, daughter of Randy and Jody Becker; Gwen Collinge, seventh grade, daughter of John Pearce; Taegan Quigley, seventh grade, daughter of Ron and Brenda Quigley; Jayden Wells, seventh grade, daughter of Matt and Nikki Wells; Colton Weyer, eighth grade, son of Eric and Cathy Weyer.

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