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Kinzell wins Stutsman County Spelling Bee


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Kalen Kinzell, right, of Pingree-Buchanan School, took first in the Stutsman County Spelling Bee. Noah Weber, left, from Hillcrest SDA School in Jamestown, took second place. Kalen will represent the county in the State Spelling Bee in March.

Kalen Kinzell, a sixth-grader from Pingree-Buchanan Public School, won the Stutsman County Spelling Bee for the second year in a row on Feb. 14 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Jamestown.

Kalen is the daughter of Teage and Kristie Kinzell.

Runner-up was Noah Webster, Hillcrest SDA School in Jamestown. Noah is the son of Ben and Brenda Weber.

Seventy-two students in grades 1-8 representing sixth schools participated in the written competition.

Twenty-eight students in grades 5-8 participated in the written competition with 10 advancing to the oral round finals. The finalists, in addition to Kalen and Noah, in the oral round were: Jersey Tripp and Lilly Bohl, also from Pingree-Buchanan; Leyton Kahler , Hillcrest SDA School; Jackson Jarrett, St. John’s Academy; Kyle Johnson, Kensal; August Harms, Montpelier, and Eli Leik and Kennedy Behm from Medina.

Kalen Kinzell will represent Stutsman County at the North Dakota State Spelling Bee on March 26 in Bismarck. The state competition is cosponsored by the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents and the North Dakota Newspaper Association. The winner of the State Bee will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Forty-four students in grades 1-4 also competed in written competition. Ribbons were awarded to the following students:

Grade One:

Blue – Kaitlyn Ryun from Medina, and Tristan Champagne from St. St. John’s Academy, Kaelyn Kraft from Pingree-Buchanan

Red – Phetala Thu, Tason Kinzell from Pingree-Buchanan, Claire Iverson from St. John’s Academy

White – Jeryca Tripp Pingree-Buchanan

Grade Two:

Blue – Charice Slaughter from Medina; Theyah Hoff from Pingree-Buchanan; Kale Tebelius from Hillcrest SDA School, Logan Syverson from St. John’s Academy; Kailey Van Enk from Montpelier;

Red –Megan Jarrett from St. John’s Academy, Breonah James from Pingree-Buchanan

Grade Three:

Blue –Jaelyn Sloan and Adisyn Yunck from St. John’s Academy; Violet Bohl and Lucy Falk from Pingree-Buchanan; Isabella Ahrens from Montpelier

Red- Marly Hoffmann from Medina; Madelynn Nagel from Pingree-Buchanan; Calli Dockter and Sophi Spitzer from Kensal; Jordan Jensen and Clara Harms from Montpelier

Grade Four:

Blue- Kara Bosche from Medina; Brooklyn Nygaard from St. John’s Academy; Terek Kinzell, Brynn Sorenson, Maddox McIlonie, and Jorgen Tripp from Pingree-Buchanan, Cephuriah Sayier from Hillcrest SDA School

Red- Brannen Kahler from Hillcrest SDA School, Cheyenne Bowen from Montpelier; Gradin Thorlakson from St. John’s Academy; Chase Ova from Pingree- Buchanan

White- Fallon Dodgson from Montpelier