Sabetha students take second, third at County Bee

The top three spellers at the Nemaha County Spelling Bee on Saturday, January 21, are pictured (L-R) second place Isaac Schmid, first place Tyler Nolte and third place Reed Toedman.
Sabetha participants in the Nemaha County Spelling Bee on Saturday, January 21, are pictured (L-R) Isaac Schmid, Jayce Rebant, Eli Rebant, Emrie Niehues and Reed Toedman.

Sabetha Middle School eighth grader Isaac Schmid and seventh grader Reed Toedman won second and third, respectively, at the Nemaha County Spelling Bee on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Nemaha County Community Building. The bee was sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a society of women educators.

The first-place winner was Tyler Nolte, a student from Nemaha Central School, the son of Jeremy and Suzi Nolte. He won by spelling the word “alhambra” correctly.

Isaac Schmid, the son of Anthony and Randi Schmid, placed second at the County Spelling Bee.

“I was excited I was able to place well,” I. Schmid said. “It felt really good.”

This was I. Schmid’s second time to go to the Nemaha County Spelling Bee, but it was his first time to place in the top three. He said his most difficult word was “cirque,” and the easiest word was “mercenary.”

Reed Toedman, the son of Tate and Sara Toedman, placed third at the County Spelling Bee.

“Winning third felt good because it is a pretty nice accomplishment for what I wanted to achieve,” R. Toedman said.

R. Toedman said he has competed at the Nemaha County Spelling Bee in the past, but this was his first time to place in the top three as well. He said his most difficult word was “mullioned,” and the easiest word was “knight.”

Three other Sabetha students joined I. Schmid and R. Toedman at the bee, including eighth grader Jayce Rebant, sixth grader Emrie Niehues and fifth grader Eli Rebant.

Four area schools competed – Sabetha, Nemaha Central, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Centralia.

The judges for the spelling bee were Sue Miller of Hiawatha, Joyce Fee of Morrill and Barbara Chadwell of Fairview. Carla Bishop of Axtell was an alternate judge. Barbara Vitt of Seneca was the pronouncer. Volunteers helping with the event were Alpha Kappa Chapter president Carol Bishop, Lucille Pennel, Nancy Gafford, Betty Gleason and Nemaha County Spelling Bee Coordinator Mary Jane Fleming. Other sponsors for the spelling bee were Seneca Wholesale and G&R Printing.

This year, only the top speller of the County Spelling Bee will advance to the 2023 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 25, at Newman University in Wichita.

Julie Shafer59 Posts

Julie Shafer is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2021. Julie lives in Morrill with her husband and three of her five children.

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