Josiah Richardson wins with ‘petrifying’
Sabetha Middle School seventh grader, Josiah Richardson, won the Nemaha County Spelling Bee on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Nemaha County Community Building. The bee was sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Society International.
J. Richardson – the son of Nicolas and Rachel Richardson – won by spelling the word “petrifying” correctly.
“I was very excited that I won,” J. Richardson said. “I studied a little bit and I plan to study for the next bee.”
This was J. Richardson’s first time to go to the Nemaha County Spelling Bee. He said his most difficult word was “affectionately,” and the easiest word was “iota.”
Four other Sabetha Middle School students joined J. Richardson at the bee, including seventh grader Jayce Rebant, sixth grader Reed Toedman, eighth grader Naomi Pearson and seventh grader Isaac Schmid.
Sts. Peter and Paul seventh grader Braxten Cain – son of Kevin and Tricia Cain – placed second.
The following spellers placed third due to a technical error:
Alex Burkitt, Nemaha Central, seventh grade, daughter of Jeffrey and Erica Burkitt;
Kennedy Carlson, Sts. Peter and Paul, sixth grade, daughter of Scott and Ashley Carlson;
Madeline Aller, F.A.S.T. Homeschool Group, fourth grade, daughter of Stuart and Amanda Aller;
Caleb Hynek, Nemaha Central, seventh grade, son of Lori Dishong.
Five area schools competed – Sabetha Middle School, Nemaha Central, F.A.S.T. Homeschool Group, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Centralia.
The judges for the spelling bee were Sue Miller of Hiawatha, Joyce Fee of Morrill and Carla Bishop of Axtell. Barbara Vitt of Seneca was the pronouncer. Volunteers helping with the event were Maria Cisneros, Carol Bishop, Betty Gleason and Nemaha County Spelling Bee Coordinator Mary Jane Fleming. Sponsors for the spelling bee were Seneca Wholesale, G & R Printing and Alpha Kappa Chapter.
The first- and second-place winners of the County Spelling Bee will advance to the State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 26, at Newman University in Wichita.