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Cottage Hill boy, home-schooled student win county spelling bees

Special to The Union

One hundred twenty of the top spellers from local public, private and charter schools competed in the countywide Spelling Tournament Oct. 8 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

After spending the morning testing their spelling ability, the following students qualified for the Elementary and Junior High spelling bees:

Among the fifth and sixth graders, Nicholas Rodriguez of Cottage Hill took first place and Mackenzie Thurman of Mount St. Mary’s Academy took second place. They now qualify to attend the 2010 California State Elementary Spelling Championship held in May at Sonoma State University.

Among seventh and eighth graders, Sam Zabell of Twin Ridges Home Study won top honors and Kierra Newton of Seven Hills Middle School won second place, qualifying for the State Junior High Spelling Bee to be held in May 2010 in San Rafael.

Other fifth and sixth graders who competed at the county level were Jessica Burgess, Clear Creek; Rebecca Funk, Cottage Hill; Max Ka, Nevada City School of the Arts; Emma Lauterback, Pleasant Valley; Amanda Perry, Hennessy; Mackenzie Thurman; and Bobby Trice, Yuba River Charter School.

Other seventh and eighth graders who competed at the county level were Ben Beltran, Seven Hills; Kristen Burgess, Clear Creek; Caroline Cox, Pleasant Valley; Erin Cummiskey, Seven Hills; Joe Hayward, Pleasant Valley; and Brianna King, Magnolia Intermediate.

The Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office coordinated the annual event, which was sponsored by The Union. For the 10th year, Kathy Hillis of Mountain Pastimes volunteered her time as spellmaster, dictating words and conducting the oral spelling bee.

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