A total of 37 students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 20 in the annual District Spelling Bee at Templeton Middle School. The “district” is a geographical area defined by CESA #1, which sponsors district and regional bees. Four Hamilton School District elementary schools, Templeton Middle School, St. Agnes in Butler and Peace Lutheran Academy in Sussex constituted a district for the purpose of the spelling bee. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.
Erica Nadolski from St. Agnes emerged as the champion speller at the district event. Finalists were Maple Avenue fifth-grader Ryan Adrian, Templeton eighth-grader Amanda Cibulka, Woodside fifth-grader Ashley DeJaco, Templeton sixth-grader Hannah Hubbell and Woodside fifth-grader Chad Schultz. These students will advanced Feb. 12 to the Regional Spelling Bee in Glendale-River Hills. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top six spellers received trophies and all students received certificates.
Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee, in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held next June in Washington, D.C.