By Kari Hould
PCN Staff 

Branham is the New Phillips County Spelling Bee Champion


February 15, 2023

Titus Wiederrick and Peyton Branham (runner-up & first-place spelling bee champions 2023). Photo by Kari Hould.

As the County Spelling Bee headed into Round 30, last Wednesday, February 8, 2022 Champion Finn Witmer, once again a contestant, knew someone would be crowned the new champion, as he had already been eliminated from competition. It didn't stop him from paying close attention to the spelling and pronunciation of words for the remaining contestants.

Twenty-eight students representing Dodson, Malta Middle School, Whitewater, Saco, Malta Elementary, the East (Hutterite) Colony, and the Homeschool program all showed up with a small case of the jitters, wringing hands, and even a parched voice or...

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