33 compete in 55th Intelligencer Journal Spelling Bee
The 33 best student spellers from Lancaster County will compete Friday in the 55th annual Intelligencer Journal Spelling Bee.
The contest is at 7 p.m. Friday at Conestoga Valley Middle School, 500 Mt. Sidney Road.
Forty-eight county schools had registered to participate, and 103 students qualified to take the written test. Results of the 100-word test pared the group down to 33 students, who will compete in Friday's oral contest.
The judges are Millersville University professors Christine Anthony and Kazi Hossain, and Elizabethtown College professor Matt Skillen. The pronouncer is Millersville professor Richard Kerper.
The spellers, listed by public, private and parochial school names, are:
·Conestoga Valley School District:
Arianna Banning, grade 8, daughter of Nikki Banning of Talmage; Savannah Mead, 13, daughter of Andrew and Dana Mead of Lancaster; and Janae Taft, grade 7, daughter of Jeff and Jennie Taft of Ephrata, all of Conestoga Valley Middle School.
Christina McBride, grade 6, daughter of Timothy and Leanne McBride of Leola, Brownstown Elementary; and Desiree Amewotho, grade 6, daughter of Kossiwa Deh and Anani Amewotho of Leola, Leola Elementary.
·Donegal School District:
Sierra Warner, grade 8, daughter of Walt Warner Jr. and Cami Moyer of Marietta, Donegal Junior High School; and Zion Gibbs, grade 6, son of Lenny and Melody Gibbs of Mount Joy, Donegal Intermediate School.
·Elizabethtown Area School District:
Elaine McClain-Rowe, grade 8, daughter of Blake Miller and Jennifer McClain-Miller of Elizabethtown; Simon Munyan, grade 8, son of Daniel and Leslie Munyan of Elizabethtown; and Aparna Paul, grade 8, daughter of Zahira and Sanjay Paul of Elizabethtown, all of Elizabethtown Area Middle School.
·Ephrata School District:
Kyle Dawson, grade 8, son of Frank and Christine Kamienski of Akron, Ephrata Middle School.
·Hempfield School District:
Lizzie Grosh, grade 8, daughter of John and Bea Grosh of Salunga, and Ian Flood, grade 7, son of William and Amy Flood of Landisville, Landisville Middle School.
Adeet Parikh, grade 6, son of Ameet and Reema Parikh of Lancaster, Landisville Intermediate Center.
Hope Hensgen, grade 8, daughter of Kara Hensgen of Mountville, Centerville Middle School.
Will Yaeger, grade 6, son of W. Henry and Viktoria Yaeger of Lancaster, Rohrerstown Elementary School.
Selena Gerlach, 13, daughter of Rodney and Renita Gerlach of Lititz.
·Lampeter-Strasburg School District:
Logan Emmert, grade 6, son of David and Jill Emmert of Lancaster; Grace Musser, grade 8, daughter of Curt and Stacy Musser of Lancaster; and Nathan Musser, grade 8, son of Stephen and Lindy Musser of Lancaster, all of Martin Meylin Middle School.
·Lancaster Country Day School:
John Fulton, grade 8, son of Jack and Ann Fulton of Lancaster; and Caroline Ford, grade 8, daughter of John and Carol Fulton of Brownstown.
·Manheim Central School District:
Tyler Lyons, grade 8, son of Todd and Kelly Lyons of Manheim, Manheim Central Middle School.
·Resurrection Catholic School:
Hunter Smith, grade 7, son of Todd and Christine Smith of Lancaster.
·School District of Lancaster:
Natalie Cadiz, grade 6, daughter of Abner Cadiz and Stacy Figueroa of Lancaster; and Jordan Texidor, grade 7, son of Luis and Marlene Rosario Texidor of Lancaster, both of Lincoln Middle School.
·Solanco School District:
Kaitlyn Graybill, grade 7, daughter of Chad and Melissa Graybill of Paradise; Emily Duvall, grade 8, daughter of Bradford and Julie Duvall of New Providence; and Joshua Kreider, grade 8, son of Ken and Jeannine Kreider of Quarryville, all of Smith Middle School.
·St. Anne School:
Hannah Citsay, grade 7, daughter of Bruce and Mary Citsay of Lititz; and BreAnna Bechtold, grade 8, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Bechtold of East Petersburg.
·Warwick School District:
Dayne Allen, grade 7, son of Freddy and Danna Allen of Lititz, Warwick Middle School; and Emalie Martzall, grade 6, daughter of Kevin and Jeni Martzall of Lititz, Bonfield Elementary School.