District Spelling Bee winners advance
A total of 25 students from Emerald Elementary, St. Francis de Sales School and Manistique Middle School competed after earning their way into the bee by being the top spellers in their grade levels.
The district results were:
Fourth Grade: First place, Emmalyn Braun; second place, Ava Fleck; third place, Kayla Muth; fourth place, Gunnar Collins; fifth place, River Brawley.
Schwartz; second place, Katie Troyer; third place, Issac Brewster; fourth place, Emilee McDaniel; fifth place, Carson Lagina.
Sixth Grade: First place, Lauren Denny; second place, Lee Lee; third place, Arianna Jenerou; fourth place, Katelyn Arnold; fifth place, Joslyn Muth.
Seventh Grade: First place, Alexis Russell; second place, Zach Matchinski; third place, Joe Barr; fourth place, Teiona Fuson; fifth place, Tessa Powell.
Eighth Grade: First place, Abby Schwartz; second place, Rayna Sherbinow; third place, Calli Ansell; fourth place, Dan Phillips; fifth place, Stephen Demers.
The first- and second-place winners from grades 5-8 now move on to the regional competition, which is being held at St. Francis De Sales School. The event is scheduled for Feb. 19.
The winners at regionals will advance to the U.P. Spelling Bee, where they will compete for the right to represent the Upper Peninsula at the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C.
Spelling bees in the U.P. are sponsored by the local school districts and the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association.