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Daniel Young Is Sedgwick's Best Speller

Posted 2/2/2017

By Pilar Martin

DANIEL Young was the Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, and Ahmya Glover was the runner-up.DANIEL Young was the Scripps Spelling Bee Champion, and Ahmya Glover was the runner-up.SEDGWICK—Fifth grader Daniel Young was a repeat champion for the Scripps Spelling Bee held last Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Sedgwick.

Young won after spelling “varsity” correctly in the thirteenth round, and followed that up by spelling “enchantment”. Ahmya Glover, also a fifth grader, was runner-up.

Young and Glover went three rounds, spelling and misspelling words, until Glover missed with “marionette” in the thirteenth round.

Young had to spell the next two words correctly for the win. Young and Glover are in the same fifth grade class.

Twenty-four students in grades three through eight competed in this year’s bee. Each grade puts two in the competition.

Principal Pat Breckeunitch said this year the competition was unusual. “This is the first time we have had three sets of siblings competing.” Those siblings were Hayden and Kylie Inlow, Corey and Nolan Crumrine, and Isabella Johnson and William Peters.

This year’s participants were:

Third grade: Hayden Inlow, Austin Stang, Ryker Ratloff and Morgan Olinger.

Fourth grade: Gage Harris, Liam Mabry, Corey Crumrine and Kenzie Schmeidler.

Fifth grade: Tanner Heckel, Abby Wyatt, Daniel Young and Ahmya Glover

Sixth grade: Kylie Inlow, Scott Recheck, Isabella Johnson and Maya Werner

Seventh grade: Krystina Kotek, Braden Zellmer, Sam Culp and Andrea Stimpson

Eighth grade: Nolan Crumrine, Remington Nold, Dillon McGinn and William Peters.

Each grade can also have alternate contestants who have to be ready to step in if one of the actual contestants can’t compete. Alternates were Noah Little, third grade, Addison Nold and Toby Young, fourth grade, Jadelynn Pohlman and Timothy Gaynor, sixth grade, Blake Hebert and Austin Beck, seventh grade, and Andrea Perkins and Josh Dawson for the eighth grade.

Young, Lauren Wilson from Halstead, and Dhriti Sriram from Hesston competed for the Harvey County Scripps Spelling Bee title on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Sedgwick High School. Sriram was the winner.