USD 490 elementary school students competed in school-wide spelling bees on January 9.
Each year, classrooms have mini spelling bees to select their top two spellers who compete in a school spelling bee. Winners of the school bees continue to the county spelling be hosted at Butler Community College.
After 11 rounds at Blackmore Elementary, Gretchen Raple correctly spelled the championship word blustery to secure first place. Conner Scholes earned second place.
Conner Scholes and Gretchen Raple
The Grandview spelling bee also lasted 11 rounds. Tajah Tuder correctly spelled pruners and won first place. Noah McLaren earned second place.
Tajah Tuder and Noah McLaren
Skelly's spelling bee lasted six rounds. Rhonnie Lucas placed first for correctly spelling vacancy. Cason Dennis earned second place.
Rhonnie Lucas and Cason Dennis
All first place winners will represent their respective schools during the county spelling bee at Butler Community College at on February 7. The bee will begin at 1:00 p.m.