Story and photos provided by Westmoreland County Schools
It took 3 rounds before a winner was declared for the Westmoreland County Public Schools’ spelling bee district championship. At the end of the evening, fourth grade Washington District Elementary student, Nicole Rosier, sealed her victory by spelling correctly the final word of the night, “vocational.” Ms. Rosier will now prepare for the regional contest in Fredericksburg. She is the daughter of Monica Lucas-Rosier and Zachary Rosier.
The Spelling Bee Participants were Cople Elementary; first grade, Myla Sichol (alternate, Tahari Yerby); second grade, Mandy McHugh (alternate, Amar’e Thomas), third grade, Azaiden Ingram-Smith (alternate, Mark Gooch, fourth grade, William Townsend (alternate, Yeymi Mendoza-Medina) and fifth grade, Morgan Gooch (alternate, Layla Washington).
Representatives from Washington District were; first grade, Trinity Bartley, (alternate, Brooklynn Carter), second grade, Brendan Rubinchak (alternate, Gustavo Cabanillas), third grade, Madison Clark (alternate, Henry Dobyns), fourth grade, Nicole Rosier, (alternate, Emma Martin), and fifth grade, Sophia Morrison (alternate, Alana Craig).
Montross Middle School was represented by sixth grade, Aven Clarke (alternate, Dorin Wilson), seventh grade, Naudia Lee (alternate, Abby Sierra), and eighth grade, Mi’Kela Jones (alternate, (Zomari Sutton).
Anne Glancy, Director Emeritus of Instruction and Assessment, presented Ms. Rosier with a “WMLCPS” dictionary. Washington District Elementary third grader, Madison Clark was the runner-up.
The event was coordinated by Anne Glancy and Carole Alexander, Data Management Specialist. The spelling bee announcer was Carole Kelley, Director of Special Education. Judges included Justin Savoy, CTE Director, James Cook, retired Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, and Patty Kelly Long, Public Relations Specialist. School coordinators were Cople, Will Hernandez, assistant principal; Washington District, Brian Satterwhite, assistant principal; and Montross Middle, Christie Douglas, assistant principal. The student facilitator was Julie Weicht, Early Intervention Specialist. Crystal Glading, Federal Projects Clerk, coordinated the materials.
The National Spelling Bee was started in 1925 by the Louisville Courier-Journal, which had conducted a statewide match to find the best grade-school spellers in Kentucky. It was then decided to extend the challenge to other newspapers to choose their own champions to take part in a spelling showdown in Washington, DC, to determine a national champion. Nine contestants competed. In 1941, Scripps took over the sponsorship of the National Spelling Bee. There was no spelling bee during the war years of 1943– 45. Co-champions were declared in 1950, 1957, and 1962.
We congratulate all of our champions who so admirably represented their prospective schools.