29 students to compete at Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee

Last Updated on March 23, 2015 by cassnetwork

The public is invited to the Kokomo Event & Conference Center Tuesday, March 24, as 29 elementary and middle school students compete at the Central Indiana Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region and Hoosier AM/FM-Z92.5 with support from The Andersons, Haynes Federal Credit Union, Kokomo Heritage Federal Credit Union,
and American Party Time.

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 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24 to 29 in
Washington, D.C.

Rob Rupe, WIOU program director and director of creative services for Hoosier AM/FM, will  serve as emcee and Josh Rockey, associate professor of Communication at Ivy Tech, will serve as pronouncer. Judges include Jessica Green of Kokomo radio station Z92.5; Michelle Simmons, president of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Campus; Kevin Bostic, president of Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus;
and Dr. Tom McKaig, retired superintendent of Peru Community Schools and member of the Ivy
Tech Kokomo Region Board of Trustees.

The regional bee winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to the nationals along with a trophy and a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. Second-place finisher will receive a trophy and a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary 11th edition donated by Merriam-Webster and third-place
will receive a trophy. All three will receive one-year subscriptions to the Encyclopedia Britannica

Students qualified for the regional by winning their schools’ spelling bees. Participating schools
come from Howard, Miami, Cass and Fulton counties. The competitors, in grades 5 through 8, and
their schools include:

Micah Gremelspacher, Acacia Academy, Kokomo

Tanner Saunders, All Saints Catholic School, Peru

Abby Rogers, Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru

Stephen Garren, Bon Air Elementary School, Kokomo

Olivia Boldry, Caston Elementary School, Fulton

Lauren Sukle, Central Middle School, Kokomo

Hannah Houston, Columbia Middle School. Logansport

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Evan Mink, Eastern Elementary School, Greentown

Ryan Keller, Eastern Junior Senior High School, Greentown

Bella Panmei, Galveston Elementary School. Galveston

Andrew Moss, Howard Elementary School, Kokomo

Isabella Gibson, Lafayette Park Elementary School, Kokomo

Hannah Bushaw, Lincoln Middle School, Logansport

Annie Isenburg, Maconaquah Elementary School, Bunker Hill

Anastasia Spahr, Maconaquah Middle School, Bunker Hill

Michael Adams, Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo

Kira Manning, North Miami Elementary School, Denver

Taylor Anderson, North Miami Middle High School, Denver

Leah Carter, Northwestern Elementary School, Kokomo

Joseph Batis, Northwestern Middle School, Kokomo

Toby Turner, Peru Junior High School, Peru

Karlie Burkhart, Redeemer Lutheran School, Kokomo

Elijah Yarber, Rochester Middle School, Rochester

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

Ryah Beets, Sycamore Elementary School, Kokomo

Ashley Lu, Taylor Intermediate School, Kokomo

Rogelio Santos, Wallace Elementary School of Integrated Arts, Kokomo

Abigail Origer, Western Intermediate School, Russiaville

Trina Gill, Western Middle School, Russiaville