Spelling Bee winners

Each year the Hood River County School District conducts a spelling contest throughout the district’s schools. The winner of each school then participates in the district-level spelling contest. This year’s district contest was held May 16.

All first-place district winners are eligible to compete in the state spelling contest Sept. 1, to be held at the Oregon State Fairgrounds during the Oregon State Fair.

The 2012 top two district finalists by age division are:

Division I, grades K-5

First place — Jane Filiault, Westside Elementary School, fifth grade

Second place — Kelsey Stewart, Mid Valley Elementary School, fifth grade

Division II, grades 6-8

First place — Maddi Carr, Hood River Middle School, eighth grade

Second place — Symeon Walker, Wy’east Middle School, seventh grade

Division III, grades 9-12

First place — Siena Harlin, Hood River Valley High School, 10th grade

Second place — Rocne Scribner, Hood River Valley High School, 12th grade

The winners within each school that participated in the spelling contest are:

Division I, grades K-5:

Cascade Locks School — Quinn Hyde, fifth grade

May Street Elementary — Silva Sankari, fourth grade

Mid Valley Elementary — Kelsey Stewart, fifth grade

Parkdale Elementary — Madison Rivers, fifth grade

Westside Elementary — Jane Filiault, fifth grade

Division II, grades 6-8

Cascade Locks School — Dawnelle Guyton, sixth grade

Hood River Middle School — Maddi Carr, eighth grade

Wy’east Middle School — Symeon Walker, seventh grade

Division III, grades 9-12

First place — Siena Harlin, Hood River Valley High School, 10th grade

Second place — Rocne Scribner, Hood River Valley High School, 12th grade

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