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Students win county spelling contest, advance to state in September

Posted on: May 26, 2017

GAPS students performed well in the county spelling competition. The winners in each division will compete at the state level, held at the Oregon State Fair on Sept. 2.

The following press release was issued by GAPS teacher and spelling bee coordinator Sue McGrory:

Students from Albany, Lebanon, and Sweet Home participated in the annual Linn County Spelling Contest, which was held on May 24 at Calapooia Middle School in Albany. There were three divisions competing at the county level. Division I is grades 1 – 5; Division II is grades 6 – 8; and Division III is grades 9 -12.

Winners in all divisions were:

Elementary – Division I:

  • 1st Place:  Jazmine Jordan, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet Home
  •  2nd Place: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School, Albany
  • 3rd Place:  Ethan Parrish, Sweet Home Charter School, Sweet home

Middle School – Division II:

  • 1st Place:  Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School, Albany
  • 2nd Place: Porter Tiffee, Seven Oaks Middle School, Lebanon
  • 3rd Place: Josie Cleveland, Hamilton Creek School, Lebanon

High School – Division III:

  • 1st Place:  Stephni DeMello, Albany Options School, Albany
  •  2nd Place:  Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School, Albany
  • 3rd Place:  No participants

Each first place winner in Linn County will be invited to participate in the annual statewide spelling contest to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, during the Oregon State Fair, on Saturday, Sept.2, 2017.

Statewide, the spelling contest is held at three levels – district, county, and state. This year’s Linn County contest was coordinated by district teachers, volunteering their time to continue this annual competition. Benton County held its own contest this year. The state contest is now being coordinated by the Oregon Spellers, a volunteer organization.

From left: Brynna Gritter Kenneke, North Albany Elementary School (2nd place); Jazmine Jordan (1st Place); Ethan Parrish (3rdPlace).

From left: Porter Tiffee (2nd place); Josie Cleveland (3rd place); Paige Rogers, Memorial Middle School (1st place)

From left: Nathaniel Hering, South Albany High School (2nd place); Stephni DeMello, Albany Options (1st place)

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