Judges announced for North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee March 22

Public invited to watch 21 students compete for trip to national bee

Spelling bee logoKOKOMO, Ind. – The public is invited to the Kokomo Event & Conference Center Tuesday, March 22, as 21 elementary and middle school students compete at the North Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region. Additional support for the regional bee is being provided by Haynes Community Federal Credit Union, American Tool and Party Rental, and Z92.5.

The contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the event center, 1500 N. Reed Road (Indiana 931). Winner of the regional competition will advance to the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in the Washington, D.C., area.

Josh Rockey, associate professor of communication at Ivy Tech, will serve as emcee and pronouncer. Judges include Kevin Bostic, president of Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus; Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus; Dr. Tom McKaig, retired superintendent of Peru Community Schools and member of the Ivy Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees; and Bob Stephenson, director of the Literacy Coalition of Howard County.

The winner of the regional bee will receive an expenses-paid trip to the nationals along with The Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, which entitles the winner to 2016 United States Mint Proof Set; a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, and one-year subscriptions to the Encyclopedia Britannica online. The second-place finisher will receive a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition donated by Merriam-Webster. The top three will receive Ivy Tech gift bags.

Students qualified for the regional by winning their schools’ spelling bees. Participants are in grades 4 through 8 and come from schools in from Howard, Tipton, Miami, Cass, and Fulton counties. The competitors, their grade, and their schools include:

Micah Gremelspacher, Acacia Academy, Kokomo

Alex Smithers, Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru

Cole Boldry, Caston Elementary School, Fulton

Rayah Beets, Central Middle School, Kokomo

Dylan Wyatt, Columbia Middle School, Logansport

Grace Van Bibber, Eastern Elementary School, Greentown

Evan Mink, Eastern Junior Senior High School, Greentown

Evan Armes, Homeschool Helpers, Tipton

Andrew Moss, Howard Elementary School, Kokomo

Jayden Brunnemer, Maconaquah Elementary School, Bunker Hill

Anastasia Spahr, Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill

Ashlynne Harris, Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo

Reese Hoover, North Miami Elementary School, Denver

Gracie Smith, North Miami Middle High School, Denver

Ben Batis, Northwestern Elementary School, Kokomo

Isabella Rogers, Northwestern Middle School, Kokomo

Abigail Brandenburg, Redeemer Lutheran School, Kokomo

Nico Dinglasa, Saints Joan of Arc & Patrick Elementary School, Kokomo

Krishi Patel, Taylor Primary School, Kokomo

Mitchell Dean, Western Intermediate School, Russiaville

Abigail Origer, Western Middle School, Russiaville



About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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