Area youth to compete in County Bee

Submitted by Mary Jane Fleming

The 2019 Nemaha County Spelling Bee sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Nemaha County Courthouse. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with the Spelling Bee starting at 8:30 a.m. Alternate weather date will be Saturday, Jan. 26.

Judges this year are Karen Benson and Glenda Foley of Hiawatha, and Joyce Fee of Morrill. Barbara Vitt of Seneca will be the pronouncer. Committee members are the officers of Alpha Kappa: Betty Gleason, Seneca president; Carol Bishop, first vice president; and Mary Jane Fleming, secretary and Nemaha County Spelling Bee Coordinator.

Five area schools have registered and paid a fee to participate. The winner of the Nemaha County Spelling Bee will go on to participate at the state level to be held this year at Newman University in Wichita, sponsored by the Kansas Press Association. The winner at the state level will go on to participate at the National Scripps Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C.

Students who have qualified, ordered by respective schools, are as follows:

Sabetha Middle School

Sophie Shafer, daughter of Steven and Julie Shafer; Brody Deters, sixth grade, son of Derek and Amber Deters; Tallen Keim, sixth grade, son of Bud and Gina Keim; Reve’ Nonnast, sixth grade, daughter of Leigh Nonnast; Teagan Saner, seventh grade, son of Cory and Mitzie Saner; Halle Scoby, eighth grade, daughter of Luke and Robyn Scoby; and Carly Hartter, daughter of Jared and Myra Hartter.

F.A.S.T. Home School Group

Isabelle Walker, sixth grade, daughter of Brandon and Shirley Walker; and Jonathan Knapp, eighth grade, son of Curtis and Catherine Knapp.

Centralia Schools

Blair Wehling, third grade, daughter of Brandon and Jessica Wehling; Jacie Koch, fourth grade, daughter of Jason and Marcie Koch; Damon Quigley, fifth grade, son of Ron and Brenda Quigley; Parker Koch, sixth grade, son Jason and Marcie Koch; Maveryk Becker, seventh grade, son of Royce and Monica Becker; Brett Heideman, seventh grade, son of Dean and Kelly Heideman; and Miles Wimberly, eighth grade, son of Brett and Shelly Wimberly.

Sts. Peter and Paul School

Ellie Hermesch, sixth grade, daughter of Greg and Trish Hermesch; Derek Wurtz, sixth grade, son of Jerin and Stephanie Wurtz; Tommy Dalinghaus, seventh grade, son of Jim and Katie Dalinghaus; Isabelle (Belle) Hammes, seventh grade, daughter of Jason and Jill Hammes; Cooper Kramer, seventh grade, son of Joe and Jana Kramer; Ryan Uphaus, seventh grade, son of Jim and Kelli Uphaus; and Gavin Cain, eighth grade, son of Kevin and Tricia Cain.

Nemaha Central Elementary/Middle Schools

Kathryn Yunghans, fifth grade, daughter of Rob and Diane Yunghans; Kaden Peterson, sixth grade, son of Bryon and Betty Peterson; Alayna Scism, sixth grade, daughter of Ben and Kelsey Scism; Alyssa Frye, seventh grade, daughter of Mike and Kristi Frye; Kylee Sperfslage, seventh grade, daughter of Ben and Renee Sperfslage; Kace Kramer, seventh grade, son of Jason and Stacey Kramer; and Isaac Lueger, seventh grade, son of John and Dana Lueger.

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