Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Mark Hebert

County Spelling Bee nearly set, ready for flight Feb. 5 in Dodson


January 29, 2020

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Malta Middle School held their school Spelling Bee last week and the students above were the top placers who will move on to the County Bee. They are, from the left, 1st place, Sadie Branham, 2nd place, Jo'Vahn Velasquez, 3rd place, Madelyn Ohl, 4th place Bradley Brown, 5th place Kyle Darrington, and alternates: David Schaldack and Addison Ulrich.

The table is nearly set, Malta Elementary and Dodson Public Schools will add the final contestants this week, ahead of the annual Phillips County Spelling Bee to be held in Dodson on Wednesday, February 5.

Contestants from Saco, Whitewater, and Malta Middle Schools competed at their school spellings bee's last week and Carter Pippin (Saco), Ava Hanley (Whitewater), and Sadie Branham (MMS) all took first place honors and will advance to February's county bee.

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Whitewater Public School's hosted their Spelling Bee last week and Ava Hanley (middle) took first place, Mylee Clark (right) took second, and Kinlie Cummings (left) took third place. All three Penguins qualified for the Phillips County Spelling Bee.

In Malta, Branham, a sixth-grader, correctly spelled "abundance" and "helium" to take the title. Eighth-grader Jo'Vahn Velasquez took second place, Madelyn Ohl, seventh grade, was third, Bradley Brown, eighth, took fourth, and eighth grader Kyle Darrington took fifth after the 19-round school spelling bee. All the Malta placers will attend the county spelling bee and David Schaldack and Addison Ulrich will be alternates.

In Saco, Pippin took first place last Tuesday and Laytin Erickson took second. Those two will advance to the county spelling bee along with schoolmates Teagan Erickson who took third, Blaine Downing who finished in fourth, Marshal Caves who finished in fifth with Emerson Downing and Jacob Brown serving as Saco's alternates.

In Whitewater, 12 Penguins were pitted against one another in their school spelling bee and Hanley was crowned champion after correctly spelling "pressure." Hanley will be joined by Whitewater's Miley Clark who finished in second and Kinlie Cummings, third place, at the Phillips County Spelling Bee. (Ava will be looking to add another county spelling bee crown to the Hanley home as her sister, Hannah, won the title in 2018.)


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