Students in grades 7 and 8 competed Feb. 6 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. Students who won classroom spelling bees vied for the honor of participating in the district event.
The champion speller was Aadhitya Balaji, grade 7. Finalists who also will advance to the regional bee on Feb. 17 are Colton Selby, grade 7, and Allison Maurer, grade 8.
Regional winners continue to the Wisconsin Spelling Bee in hopes of qualifying for the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C.
Students who competed in the District Spelling Bee were:
- Grade 7 – Brenna Hansen, Hayden Hockerman, Rohan Nuthi, Aadhitya Balaji, Colton Selby, Eliana Kotsonis, Amelia Berrall, Ella Janiszewski, Chloe Sontoski; and
- Grade 8 – Samuel Maurer, Allison Maurer, Victoria Tromp, Alexandra Turner, Lucas DeCraene and Allison Bull.
The event was coordinated by Templeton teacher Tim Cunningham, and teachers Patty Sankey and Lisa Schmeling pronounced the words and judged the competition.