VERMILLION, S.D. -- Fifteen young people from across South Dakota have pondered, grimaced and enunciated their way into the statewide Scripps Spelling Bee that will be held March 19 at the University of South Dakota.
The top winners from school contests took part in the regional competitions in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Watertown, Mitchell and Rapid City. The top three winners from each of those sites now advance to the state contest, which will be streamed live online at www.usd.edu/spellingbee on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT). The student who wins state will then compete May 23-27 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.
The regional contest winners:
Southeast South Dakota (Vermillion), sponsored by USD:
1st: Logan Gregg, Vermillion Middle School, 8th grade
2nd: Harshavardhan Kadarkaraisamy, Vermillion Middle School, 6th grade
3rd: Christine Awo Addo, Dakota Valley Upper Elementary School (North Sioux City), 5th grade
West River (Rapid City), sponsored by the Rapid City Journal:
1st: Sierra Oesterling, South Dakota Christian Home Educators (Custer), 5th grade
2nd: Devyn Brennan, St. Elizabeth Seaton (Rapid City), 4th grade
3rd: Alec Doyle, South Middle School, (Rapid City), 8th grade
Corn Palace (Mitchell):
1st: Malcolm Janis, Wagner Community School, 7th grade
2nd: MacKenzie Christensen, Huron Middle School, 7th grade
3rd: Aubrey Rutledge, Huron Middle School, 7th grade
Northeast (Watertown), sponsored by Rotary International Clubs-Watertown:
1st: Jamie Robbins, Waverly-South Shore School, 6th grade
2nd: Nathan Cole Dais, George S. Mickelson Middle School (Brookings), 7th grade
3rd: Grace Cordell, Castlewood Elementary School, 6th grade
1st: Ryan Presler, Brandon Valley Intermediate School, 5th grade
2nd: Lacey Howe, Greater Sioux Falls Home School Association, 7th grade
3rd: Nickolas Lange, Patrick Henry Middle School (Sioux Falls), 7th grade
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Co. and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. The competition is open for students in first grade through the eighth grade.