Top spellers headed to regional spelling bee

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BETHANY BLITZ/File Joseph Moran is pleasantly surprised as a cannon blasts streamers right after he is announced the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee champion in this March 19, 2017, photo. The 16th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee is Saturday, March 16, at North Idaho College.

For the regionís top young spellers, itís study time.

School district-level spelling bee winners from throughout the region will be getting ready to compete in the 16th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 16, at North Idaho College in Coeur díAlene.

The winner of the regional bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in May to represent North Idaho in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with all expenses paid, for the winner and a guardian, by the Coeur díAlene Press.

The 46 students qualified to compete in this yearís regional bee at NIC represent nine school districts from throughout North Idaho, including home school associations and private schools.

The spellers will compete against each other, regardless of grade level, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Edminster Student Union Building on NICís main campus.

Registration for participants will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Coeur díAlene Press and hosted by NIC.

Spellers qualified to compete in the 16th Annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee:


Hannah Hartley, grade four; Adam Moran, grade five; James Seeley, grade six; Joseph Moran, grade seven, Will Fuller, grade eight

Immaculate Conception

Lewis Dittman, grade five

Christian Center School

Allyson Kline, grade four; Brandon Goold, grade five; Sadie Staples, grade six; Jamie Hampsch, grade seven; Cade McWhorter, grade eight

Mt. Hall Elementary

Jace Thompson, grade four

Idaho Virtual Academy

Zabriella Tuma, grade five


Max Callahan-Winkler, grade six; Anna Chase, grade seven; Tyler Stockdale, grade eight

Bryan Elementary

Taylor Smith, grade four

Ramsey Elementary Bailey Burke, grade five

Canfield Middle School

Ashland Schnell, grade six

Woodland Middle School

Carter Lingenfelter, grade seven; Katarina Bried, grade eight

Pinehurst Elementary

Gage Desmarais, grade four; Johnny Stovern, grade five

Kellogg Middle School

Isabella Contessa Hodgman-Richter, grade six; Macon James, grade seven; Summer Hartenfels, grade eight;

Harrison Elementary

Iva Hugo, grade four; Levi George, grade five

Kootenai Jr./Sr. High

Izzabella Davis, grade six; Liam Gentry, grade seven; Tuesday Glessner, grade eight

Kootenai Elementary

Victor Peters, grade four; Jack Baker, grade five

Farmin-Stidwell Elementary

Fisher Dail, grade six

Silver Hills Elementary

Margot Cotter, grade four; John ďGusĒ Scott, grade five; Madalee Philips, grade six

Wallace Jr./Sr. High

Chase Morden, grade seven; Layla Burmeister, grade eight

Coeur díAlene Charter Academy

Ashlyn Craigie, grade six; Emma Fisch, grade seven; Tommy Smith, grade eight

Christian Academy

Sophia Anderson, grade four; Abigail Wohlberg, grade five; Eden Stigall, grade six; Conner Erickson, grade eight

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