Jackson Rusher, a 2nd grader at Caneyville Elementary, Matthew Riley, a 5th grader at Cox’s Creek Elementary, and Carson Ching, a 7th grader at St. James School are the three first place winners of the 52nd Annual North Central Kentucky Spelling Bowl held at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) on April 22, 2016.
Students representing primary, elementary, and middle schools from 12 counties competed in the primary match for grades 1-2, the elementary match for grades 3-5, or the middle school match for grades 6-8.
Landon Lowery from Oran P. Lawler Elementary won second place in the primary match, and Madelynn Yates from Taylor County Elementary won third place. Ashya Witherspoon from Vine Grove Elementary placed fourth. Fifth place went to Laityn Gray from Kentucky Christian Academy.
Kyra Menendez from Heartland Elementary won second place in the elementary match, and Brianne Anderson from Macdonald Elementary won third place. Peyton Grimes from Lakewood Elementary placed fourth. Fifth place went to Dezirae Elam from West Point Independent Schools.
Joshua Hodge from West Hardin Middle School won second place in the middle school match, and Samuel Thompson from St. Charles Middle school won third place. Jeffrey Bellin from Bonnieville Elementary placed fourth. Fifth place went to Lillian Gunther from West Point Independent Schools.
The top five winners in each match were presented individual trophies, the 1st place winner in each match received a $50 gift card, the first place schools received a trophy, and the classroom teacher of the 1st place winner received a $100 award for classroom supplies. All contestants received a certificate of participation and a medallion. All awards were sponsored by Your Community Bank.
The Spelling Bowl was coordinated by Beverly Dile. Katrina Eicher, Maggie Brown, and Jacqueline Hawkins served as pronouncers. Judges for the event included Carla Hornback, Doug Cole, Dr. John Dryden, Amy Fox, Doug Fulkerson, Deena Lilygren, and Dr. Matthew Wiles. All are faculty members in the Division of Arts and Humanities at ECTC.