Pleasanton Elementary student Angie Allen spells yet another word correctly. She went on to take first place in the grade school division. (Submitted photo)
Students in Linn County elementary schools and middle- and junior-high students have been battling it out to see which students will represent their schools at the Linn County Spelling Bee at Jayhawk Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 9:30 a.m.
The winner of the county bee will move on to the Sunflower State Spelling Bee at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina on March 23.
Pleasanton schools got an early start on its district competition with spell offs on Jan. 3. And on Thursday, Jan. 26, Parker Elementary School spellers in the third through fifth grades battled it out for 26 rounds going through 213 words until the school spelling champ was determined.
A surprise contender at Parker was Zaylynn, a third-grader who made through 17 rounds only to get tripped up by "bestie" in the 18th round. Ultimately, the fifth-graders dominated the competition and three of them will go on to the county bee.
Wesley Hayes, from left, was the Pleasanton Junior High School spelling champion followed by Brendyn Workman in second place, and Colton Brown in third. (Submitted photo)
Pleasanton Elementary's Angie Allen, from left, was first place in the elementary school division followed by Jamie Sullins in second, and Olivia Wisdom in third. (Submitted photo)
Parker spelling bee winners are fifth-graders Henry Britz, first place; Kora Stainbrook, second; and Otis Hampton, third. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
Zaylynn, Parker third-grade student, continues to spell correctly even as the other students have been eliminated. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
Prairie View Middle School students Blake Stevenson, Chylar Jones, and Aleena Miller will represent their school at the county spelling bee. Andrew Eastwood will serve as the alternate. (Prairie View USD 362 Facebook)
Photos from the Pleasanton spelling bee (Submitted photos):
Photos from Parker's spelling bee (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal):