By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Chase County Schools eighth grader Anna Bauerle repeated as champion of the Chase County spelling bee last Thursday.
Bauerle is no stranger to the spelling bee’s “winner’s circle.” She won the contest last year as a seventh grader, and the year before, was the second place speller.
It was a much more competitive contest this year for the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. After three rounds (10 words in each), none of the contestants had been eliminated. It wasn’t until the fourth round that spellers were eliminated, and then it was only three of them.
The first round included fairly easy words, including “coffee,” “dangerous” and “laundry.”
But as the contest progressed, the words became steadily more difficult. In the final round, the students were challenged with words such as “ineffable,” “psychoanalysis and “aggrandizement.”
The contest went on through 12 rounds. The final four contestants at that point had misspelled at least one word.
Chase County K-6 Principal Nathan Vitosh announced the top four finishers at that time.
Anna Bauerle had the least misspelled words at that point, so was determined the champion.
Second place went to Calen Griffin, a CCS eighth grader; third was Nicole Strand, a seventh grader at Wauneta-Palisade; while fourth place went to CCS eighth grader Ashlin Bussell.
As last week’s spelling champion, young Bauerle will now represent Chase County at the state contest in Omaha March 13 at Creighton University.
The local contest, held at the CCS auditorium, drew a total of 26 students from CCS and Wauneta-Palisade.
As in the past couple of years, the entire spelling bee was written. Students could print or write in cursive, but were cautioned to make sure their words were readable by the judges.
After each round of 10 words, papers were picked up and checked by judges Lynn Luhrs, Vicky Fine, Denise Smith, Jacci Paisley and Crystal Bopp, as the next round of words was read.
Here is the full slate of contestants. Sixth graders from Wauneta-Palisade do not compete in the Chase County contest.
Sixth graders—Joseph Tomky, Eli Engbrecht, Michael Musgrove, Jared Sharp, Caleb Bubak, Mason Meeske, all of Chase County.
Seventh graders—Emma Bauerle, Viviana Galaviz, Lexi Howard, Makenna Ketter, Ryan Moline, Makenna Wallin, all of Chase County; and Leiauna Alberts, Christi Christner, Tom McGraw, Nicole Strand, all of Wauneta-Palisade.
Eighth graders—Korey Krutsinger, Kaycee Bubak, Calen Griffin, Ashlin Bussell, Bridget Langin, Andrea Hogsett, Tapainga Kahle, Mallory Coleman, all of Chase County; and Lorenzo Cavanaugh and Jordyn Doetker of Wauneta-Palisade.