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The Stutsman County Spelling Bee was held Feb. 19 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Jamestown. Pictured are, from left, Amanda Allen, champion speller, Pingree-Buchanan Public School; Victoria Christensen, alternate speller, Christensen Home Academy; and oral spelling bee participants Braden Tripp, Bryson Tripp, Ben Zuther and Danielle Trapp, all Pingree-Buchanan. (Submitted photo)

Stutsman spelling bee winners advance

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The Stutsman County Spelling Bee was held Feb. 19 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Jamestown. Sixty-two students representing seven schools participated in the written competition.

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Twenty-nine students, grades 5-8, participated in the written competition with six advancing to the oral round finals. The finalists and their written and oral scores were: Amanda Allen, 55/55, Bryson Tripp, 53/55, Braden Tripp, 51/55, Danielle Trapp, 46/55, and Ben Zuther, 44/55, all Pingree-Buchanan Public School; and Victoria Christensen, 54/55, from Christensen Home Academy.

Amanda Allen, a seventh-grader from Pingree-Buchanan, is the Stutsman County Spelling Bee champion. Her parents are Marvin and Emily Allen. Victoria Christensen, an eighth-grader from Christensen Home Academy, was the runner-up. Her parents are Frank and Laurie Christensen. Both girls had perfect scores after the written competition. After five rounds of oral competition, Allen was declared the winner.

Allen will represent Stutsman County at the North Dakota State Spelling Bee, which will be held March 21 at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck. The North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders, the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents and the North Dakota Newspaper Association are the co-sponsors of the North Dakota State Spelling Bee. The winner of the state spelling bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be held in May at Washington, D.C.

Other students participating in the written contest were: Matthew Thomas and Cody DeCoteau, both Pingree-Buchanan; Taylor Jansen, Sebastian Bear, Kennedy Bullock, Bailey Enzminger and Colten Boom, all Montpelier Public School; Brittney Reister, Racheal Troxail, Alexis Gray, Janaya Hoff, Makenna Bosche, Chloee Buskness and Megan Moser, all Medina Public School; Sierra Schlenker, Chris Sayler and Seth Weber, all Hillcrest Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School in Jamestown; Taylor Sabinash and Mason Smith, both Kensal Public School; and Kenzie Carlson, Maximus Anderson, Jarron Larson and Zebedee Willer, all St. John’s Academy in Jamestown.

Thirty-three students, grades 1-4, also competed in a written competition. Ribbons were awarded to the following students:

First grade

Blue: Jersey Tripp, Pingree-Buchanan; Abigail Ryun, Medina; and Brandi Knudson, Kensal

Red: August Harms, Montpelier

White: Kaia Hieb, Pingree-Buchanan

Second grade

Blue: Rylen Wick, Pingree-Buchanan; Alaina Bosche, Medina; and Louis Kjellberg, Montpelier

Red: Kalen Kinzell, Mark Thomas, Allison Thomas and Ella Grosulak, all from Pingree-Buchanan; Kyle Johnson, Kensal; and Aubrey Babcock and Mikayla Torres, both from Hillcrest SDA Elementary School in Jamestown

White: Olivia Sorlie, Pingree-Buchanan; and Nate Kjellberg, Montpelier

Anna Weber from Hillcrest also participated.

Third grade

Blue: Leyton Kahler, Hillcrest; and Lilly Bohl, Pingree-Buchanan

Red: Sophie Bohl, Pingree-Buchanan; and Ceyonna Sayler, Hillcrest

Jeramiah Whitworth, Medina, and Joshua Thomas, Pingree-Buchanan, also participated.

Fourth grade

Blue: Trent Ekren, Kensal

Red: Lance Kjellberg and Kassie Boom, both Montpelier; Emma Kollman, Kensal; and Natasha Haas, Hillcrest

White: Emily Carlson, Medina; and Megan Witcraft, Montpelier.

Madison Tompkins, Pingree-Buchanan, and Noah Weber, Hillcrest, also participated.

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