Tonganoxie boy wins county bee
Ambidextrous. Galleon. Impetuous.
Such words eliminated Lansing students from competition Friday at the Leavenworth County Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Leavenworth Area Retired School Personnel Association.
Elliott Brest, a seventh-grader from Genesis Christian Academy in Tonganoxie, won first place at the bee, correctly spelling "italicize" to stake his claim to the title. Amy Nelson, a fifth-grader from Eisenhower Elementary School at Fort Leavenworth, was runner-up.
Lansing Middle School sixth-grader Courtney Cochran fared best among Lansing's contestants, earning a medal for her top-10 showing. LMS eighth-grader Josh Martin, LMS seventh-grader Nathan Wessel and Lansing Intermediate School fifth-grader Jenna Hoyt also were among the 40 contestants at the bee.
Alicia Moody, an English teacher who facilitates the LMS spelling bees, said she was surprised by the difficulty of the words given at the bee.
Program organizer Priscilla LoPresti agreed that this year was more difficult than others.
"I think it went pretty fast this year. There were some hard words," she said.
Elliott, Friday's winner, is eligible to compete at the state spelling bee in Topeka on March 25.
Josh and Nathan will have a chance to redeem themselves next week when they and six other Lansing seventh- and eighth-graders compete at the Kaw Valley League spelling bee Feb. 15.