Students compete at county spelling bee
Two Glenwood Ridge Elementary School students participated in the Leavenworth County spelling bee Feb. 11.
GRE sixth-graders Klinton Brown and Christopher Sifuentes made the Monday afternoon trip to the Leavenworth Community Center where they sounded out words and used context clues during the academic competition.
Brown, who won the GRE spelling bee one month earlier, was eliminated after the first round. He missed the word acquittal.
"I think I'll do better next year," Brown said. "I know how to spell acquittal now."
Despite the mishap in the county spelling bee, Brown did win the school contest by out spelling Sifuentes in the final round.
"The words were pretty easy and I studied a lot for it," Brown said.
Although Brown was the runner-up in the school spelling bee, the sixth-grader did place in the top 12 in the county competition.
Sifuentes tied with eight other county students for fourth place. Like Brown, he liked his chances in next year's competition.
"I think I'll probably do better if I study more," he said.
Sifuentes was eliminated from the competition on the word cauliflower. He said he looked up the word as soon as he got home from the contest.
GRE principal Tom Sack said he was proud of both students for their efforts in the school competition and for trying their best in the county spelling bee.
"It was obvious to me that both studied really diligently (for the spelling bees)," Sack said.