Students engage in epic spelling battle
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Winners of the District Spelling Bee, held at San Juan High School on February 23, are Jordan Clinger (middle), first place from ARL Middle School; Kaia Jay (right), second place from ARL; and Adriana Johnson (left), third place from Blanding Elementary School. They now move on to the regional spelling bee.  Courtesy photo
Winners of the District Spelling Bee, held at San Juan High School on February 23, are Jordan Clinger (middle), first place from ARL Middle School; Kaia Jay (right), second place from ARL; and Adriana Johnson (left), third place from Blanding Elementary School. They now move on to the regional spelling bee. Courtesy photo
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Eighteen spellers battled through 12 rounds before a champion was named at the 2016 San Juan School District Spelling Bee on February 23.

In the end, Jordan Clinger was named the champion after breezing through the correct spelling of words such as “maximum”, “quasar”, “Sanskrit”, “jurisdiction”, “guttural”, “fungible”, “conglomerate”, “pretzel”, “parka”, “bugle” and “academy”.

Clinger is a seventh grade student at Albert R. Lyman Middle School (ARL) in Blanding.

Second place goes to Kaia Jay, an eighth grade student at ARL. Jay tripped up on “mattress” while correctly spelling words such as “Gemini”, “smorgasbord”, “schnitzel”, “ostensibly”, “gossamer”, “Orwellian”, “Chihuahua”, “gnat”, “unity”, “coyote” and “wikiwiki”.

Third place goes to Adriana Johnson, a fifth grade student at Blanding Elementary School.

Adriana correctly spelled “diametrically”, “umbrage”, “impervious”, “porcelain”, “nascent”, “corsair”, “desiccate”, “crimson”, “scrabble” and “macaroni” before tripping up on “broadleaf” and “miso”.

The top three spellers advance to the regional spelling bee, which will include the top spellers in San Juan, Grand, Emery and Carbon counties.

The winner of that competition will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held each June in Washington, D.C. In recent years, the San Juan School District has sent numerous spellers all the way to the competition in Washington D.C.

In the battle for fourth place, two students advanced to the eighth round of the district spelling bee before meeting their spelling match. They are Te’a Scott of Whitehorse High School and Trevin Palmer of Blanding Elementary School.

Nial Reay of Monticello Elementary is sixth and Sunshine White of Whitehorse High School is seventh.

Other students who did well in their school competition and advanced to the district competition include Michael Peterson, Bahazhoni Filfred, Bowden Hunter, Makayla Sheeran, Donovan Atwood, Nathan Redd, Carter Redd, Cedar English, Amber Helgerson, Bailey Weldon, and Synessa Atcitty.
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