Elementary and middle schools throughout the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District hosted spelling bees this winter. The first-place winner from each school will advance to the Jackson County Spelling Bee. Winners from each school follow.
Cedar Creek Elementary: Kayler Smith, first; Isaiah McDaniel, second; and Ethan Sahudin, third.
Greenwood Elementary: Stephie Silker, first; Lindsay McMilian, second; and Alli Salamone, third.
Hawthorn Hill Elementary: Aaron Feng, first; Quinn Cox, second; and Molly Wooster, third.
Hazel Grove Elementary: Grace Shilcut, first; Natalie Temple, second; and Olivia Oppenheimer, third.
Highland Park Elementary: Meah Wilburn, first; Sophia Hoffman, second; and Samantha Schierholz, third.
Lee’s Summit Elementary: Emily Welch, first; Taelour Thomas-Tripp, second; and Max Wohletz, third.
Longview Farm Elementary: Sam Royce, first; Sadie Baich, second; and Megan Brown, third.
Mason Elementary: Angela Conner, first; Rachel Conrad, second; and Kaylie Lookhart, third.
Meadow Lane Elementary: Javaunte Hawkins, first; Sammie Jo Circle, second; and Wyatt Rasmussen, third.
Pleasant Lea Elementary: Cain Ridnour, first; Emmitt Hasty, second; and Luke Harrison, third.
Prairie View Elementary: Aiden Thomas Plunkett, first; Isabell Dinsmore, second; and Hayden Terry, third.
Richardson Elementary: Zach Matteson, first; Madison Carter, second; and Maddie Terry, third.
Summit Pointe Elementary: Violet Stocker, first; Alex Fitzmaurice, second; and Kristen Bownds, third.
Sunset Valley Elementary: Madelyn Brooks, first; and Austin Wilson, second.
Trailridge Elementary: Abby Burroughs, first; Thomas Still, second; and Madison Loomer, third.
Underwood Elementary: Ashleigh Bailey, first; and Gabriel Hopper, second.
Westview Elementary: Aaiden Jones, first; Tatiana Plowman, second; and Nick Simpson, third.
Woodland Elementary: Chloe Brewer, first; Jack Doyle, second; and Trent Gibson, third.
Pleasant Lea Middle School: Avery Martin, first; and Paige Anschutz, second; and Lauren Sheeder, third.
Summit Lakes Middle School: Allison Witt, first; Taylor Clewell, second; and Ben Hume and Jacob Schnitzlein tied for third.
The Jackson County Spelling Bee is sponsored by Mid-Continent Public Library and the Kansas City Public Library. Winner of the county bee will go on to represent Jackson County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
The Jackson County Bee will include several levels. Each participating school will host its own spelling bee and send the winner to a county division bee. The two division bees will be held on Feb. 2 at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza location and on Feb. 9 at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence. After all three rounds, the remaining spellers will advance on to the championship bee scheduled for 9 a.m. on Feb. 23 at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza location.