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Five finalists advance to Regional Spelling Bee

A total of 40 students in fifth through eighth grades competed Jan. 12 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, St. John’s in Lannon 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.
The champion speller was Emily Wedell, an eighth-grader from St. John’s. Finalists who will also advance to the regional bee, which will be Feb. 15 at Templeton, were: Alex Leitner from St. Agnes, Mitch Ortlieb from Templeton, Rushil Patel from Marcy, and Alex Saunders from Templeton. In honor of their spelling achievement, the top five 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.
Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:
  • Templeton – Logan Cleary, Emily Erato, Brodey Hunt, Zach Jasinski, Sarah Mikhail, Miranda Milbrath, Mitch Ortlieb, Brandon Pupp, Connor Rhodes, Alex Saunders, Lucas Semb, Charanpreet Singh, Sami Spinks, Ashley Toledo;
  • St. Agnes – Gabrielle Grzona, Alex Leitner, Torie Tagliavia, Cameron Valuch;
  • Marcy – Alan Chen, Adam Menting, Rushil Patel, A.J. Ross;
  • Maple – Alissa Buckley, Zoe Hermberg, Sara Hubbell;
  • Woodside – Patrick Foldy, Adam Hartung, Danielle Rhodes, Gabriella Swearingen, Kayleigh Winston;
  • Lannon – Rachel Betters, Grace Fobes;
  • Peace Lutheran – James Kirk, Sarah May, Christian McMiller, Matthias Woods; and
  • St. John’s – Jesse Fryda, Bryce Marohn, Mandy Schneider, Emily Wedell.
 Templeton reading specialist Patty Sankey, who coordinated the Spelling Bee, expressed appreciation to the Templeton Home & School organization for its support of the event.