School winners prepare to compete in county-wide spelling bee

The 30th-Annual Weston Democrat and Lewis County Schools Spelling Bee will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Lewis County High School, with registration for participants beginning at 9:15 a.m.
Lewis County Schools again partnered with The Weston Democrat in sponsoring this year’s bee.
School winners were chosen from the county’s elementary schools and Robert L. Bland
Middle School, via a school-wide spelling bee. Those winners will face off at the spelling bee for a chance to make it to the regional competition.
The regional spelling bee will be held in Taylor County this school year.
The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will be entitled to go to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Words have been provided by Scripps Spelling Bee.
The Roanoke Elementary School winner is Leah Hefner, and her alternate Brianna Cermak. Jane Lew winners are Grace Freeman and Shelby Hamrick, with Layla McCormick as the alternate.
Peterson Central Elementary School winners are Carter Holden and Emily Sandy, with alternate Josh Spurlock. Leading Creek Elementary winners are Cole Moss, Chayton Godfrey, and Chase Moss, with alternates Leo Jones, Haley Patterson, and Jasmine Fluharty.
Robert L. Bland Middle School winners are Kiley Hall, Neviah Simmons, Brooke Golden, and Corben Lambert, with alternates Savanna Lewis, Matthew Arbogast, Olivia Farnsworth, and Trenton Murphy.
Winners are expected to compete on Jan. 27, but in the event that a school’s winner in unable to compete, their alternate from the same grade level will compete in place of them. If the alternate is also unavailable, the school will not have representation for that grade level.
Donors are still needed to aid in providing prizes for the county winners. If any business or individual is interested in donating, please contact The Weston Democrat.
This year’s judges are Jane Lew Mayor Ruth Straley, TALA Manager Rebecca Jordan-Gleason, and Lewis County Commissioner Rod Wyman.
After the pronouncer gives the contestant a word, the contestant may pronounce the word before spelling it, if she/he chooses to.
The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce the word, define it or use it in a sentence.
Having started to spell a word, a contestant may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning, but in retracing, there can be no change of letters and their sequences from those first pronounced. If letters and their sequence are changed in the spelling, the speller will be disqualified.
The judges will confer and accept or reject each spelling. If the word is misspelled the judges will correctly spell the word to give the speller instant feedback. The next speller will receive a new word.
When the speller misspells a word, he/she immediately drops out of the contest. The bee is conducted in rounds with all eligible spellers getting a word.
If all spellers in a round misspell, the round is repeated.
When the competition is reduced to two spellers—if the first person misspells the next word and the second person spells that same word correctly—the second contestant will be the first place winner, the first speller becomes the second place winner.
If both spellers misspell the word, then the round begins again, following the above rules.
The judges are in complete control of the contest. Their decision shall be final on all questions.
Master of ceremonies and pronouncer for the local spelling bee is Weston Democrat Reporter Rebecca Young.
The Weston Democrat would also like to thank Lewis County High School for the use of the auditorium to host the Spelling Bee and LCHS student Rachel Hall for helping with sound and lights for the bee.

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