Flint Hills Christian School held its annual spelling bee Friday, Dec. 16. Two participants from grades three through eight - 12 contestants total - competed to see who would represent FHCS at the Pottawatomie County spelling bee.
From third grade were Rachel Featherstone and Everett Strong, chosen by their teacher, Mrs. Donna Cranford.
Fourth through eighth grade competed in classroom spelling bees. Representing fourth grade were Danielle Dillon and James Paland. Kia Wilson and Hailey Steen were the fifth grade competitors. From sixth grade were Kayla Roles and Josh Ward. Caleb Linville and Amanda Dillon represented the seventh grade and Elijah Darey and Beka Hunt competed for the eighth grade.
Each contestant was given a word to spell and could ask for the words’ origin, definition, part of speech and a sentence, with an incorrect spelling resulting in elimination from the spelling bee.
Eighth grader Elijah Darey spelled “gallon” to win the 2011-12 Flint Hills Christian School spelling bee in the eighth round. For Darey’s effort, he was awarded a $15 gift card to Varney’s Bookstore.
After Darey was declared the winner, Caleb Linville, seventh grader, and Danielle Dillon, fourth grader, faced off to determine the alternate.
Danielle Dillon correctly spelled “diminutive” to receive the honor. She was awarded a $10 gift card to Varney’s. All participants were given a certificate of participation and candy for their effort.
Darey will represent Flint Hills Christian School in the Pottawatomie County spelling bee Jan. 28. If he is unable, for any reason, to not participate, Danielle Dillon will be the contestant for Flint Hills Christian School.
Mrs. Linda Warren, fourth grade teacher, ran the spelling bee, along with two judges determining correct and incorrect spelling.
Mrs. Warren said of the spelling bee, “All the contestants did a great job displaying their talent in spelling and I saw wonderful sportsmanship.”