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Brianna Bartley named WCPS Spelling Bee Champ

It took 44 words and 7 rounds before a winner was declared for the Westmoreland County Public Schools’ spelling bee district championship. At the end of the evening, sixth grader, Brianna Bartley, from Montross Middle School, sealed her victory by spelling correctly the final word of the night. The runner-up was fifth grader, Trinity Fauntleroy from Cople Elementary School. Ms. Bartley will now prepare for the regional contest in Fredericksburg.

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The Spelling Bee Participants were Cople Elementary; first grade, Nathan Waldrop (alternate, Devin Garnett); second grade, Courtney Tolson (alternate, Whitnee Rotenizer), third grade, Bryan Vasquez (alternate, Tori Burner), fourth grade, Lilly Daugherty (alternate, Ethan Smith) and fifth grade, Trinity Fauntleroy (alternate, Forrest Fauntleroy).

Representatives from Washington District were; first grade, Alyssa Weedon(alternate, Aubry Wilson), second grade, Lilianne Peterschmidt (alternate, Allen Meadows), third grade, Alysia Johnson (alternate, Jordan Saunders), fourth grade, Samantha Carr (alternate, Katelyn Whittington.), and fifth grade, Kelsey Henry (alternate, Brandon Lee).

Montross Middle School was represented by sixth grade, Brianna Bartley (alternate, Capria Tate), seventh grade, Lelah Stevens (alternate, Christian Ransome), and eighth grade, Kyra Banks (alternate, (Carlee Slater).
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The event was coordinated by Anne Glancy, Director Emeritus of Instruction and Assessment and Carole Alexander of Washington District Elementary School.  The spelling bee announcer was Carole Kelley, Director of Special Education. Judges included Cathy Rice, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Assessment, Patty Long, Home and Public Relations Specialist, and Joyce Clayton, Assistant Superintendent Emeritus. School coordinators were Cople, Pat Wright; Washington District, Eddie Bowen; and Montross Middle, Michael Ransome. The student facilitator was Julie Weicht, Early Intervention Specialist.

The National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 by the Louisville Courier-Journal, which had conducted a statewide match to find the best grade-school spellers in Kentucky.  They then decided to extend the challenge to other newspapers to choose their own champions to take part in a spelling showdown in Washington, DC, to determine a national champion. Nine contestants competed.  In 1941, Scripps took over the sponsorship of the National Spelling Bee. There was no spelling bee during the war years of 1943 – 45. Co-champions were declared in 1950, 1957, and 1962.  

We congratulate all of our champions who represented their prospective schools so well.

Patty Long
Westmoreland County Public Schools

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