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NWRESD hosts annual spelling bee to determine who will compete at Oregon State Fair

COURTESY PHOTO - From left to right are Diego Blanco, Jade Garvin, Allison Wills, Steven Bembenek and Joseph Maiden, competitors in Division 3 at the Columbia County spelling bee. Three Columbia County students will attend a statewide spelling bee at the Oregon State Fair in August after winning the Columbia County spelling bee earlier this month.

COURTESY PHOTO - From left to right are Bowen Cottini, Jordan Jacob and Elora Barber in Division 2.The Northwest Regional Education Service District held the Columbia County district spelling bee on May 16. The bee tests the spelling aptitude of students throughout the county.

Students in three different grade divisions were asked to spell 25 words as well as five tie-breaker words, according to a press release from the competition. Winners were selected by how many words they spelled correctly. Division 1 is for grades 1 to 5. COURTESY PHOTO - From left to right are Ryleigh Layton, Nathaniel Johane and Kelby Evenson in Division 1. Division 2 is for grades 6 to 8. Division 3 is for grades 9 to 12.

In order to compete at the district level earlier this month, students took part in local spelling bees in Clatskanie, Scappoose, St. Helens, Rainier and Vernonia school districts. The top two spellers from each school district then competed at the countywide spelling bee.

The statewide spelling bee is hosted annually by Oregon Spellers, a volunteer-run organization that promotes youth spelling excellence.

Columbia County Spelling Bee results

Division 1 (Grades 1-5)

  • 1st place: Kelby Evenson
  • 2nd place: Nathaniel Johanek
  • 3rd place: Ryleigh Layton
  • Division 2 (Grades 6-8)

  • 1st place: Bowen Cottini
  • 2nd place: Jordan Jacob
  • 3rd place: Elora Barber
  • Division 3 (Grades 9-12)

  • 1st place: Diego Blanco
  • 2nd place: Jade Garvin
  • 3rd place: Allison Wills and Steven Bembenek (tied)

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