The 65th annual Jackson County Spelling Bee was held Wednesday, January 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. in the Edwin Shaver Auditorium on the Tuckerman school campus. Contestants in grades two through eight from the Newport School District and the Jackson County School District competed in the oral spelling bee.
The county champion received a first prize of $100.00, a spelling medal, a trophy for the school, and $50.00 for expenses to the 2019 Arkansas State Spelling Bee. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sponsors the Arkansas State Spelling Bee and the state winner will compete in the National Spelling Bee held this summer in Washington, D.C.
The second place winner received $50.00, while third place was awarded $25.00. The top speller in grades two through four received $15.00. Each contestant received a $2.00 bill, a participant’s ribbon, and lunch at Cici’s Pizza.
Participants from each district were:
Jackson County School District:
2nd grade—Emily Sedergren, age 8, daughter of Nicky and Tristen Gates
Lauren Little, age 7, daughter of James and Hailey Little
3rd grade—Maddyx Soden, age 9, daughter of Chad and Michelene Soden
Carson Furst, age 8, son of Steve and Misty Furst
4th grade—Bronx Holland, age 10, son of Michael and Angelia Holland
Rhett Watson, age 10, son of Nate and Elizabeth Watson
5th grade—Carissa Furst, age 11, daughter of Steve and Misty Furst
Dora Cook, age 11, daughter of Lee and Joy Cook
6th grade—Autumn Blevins, age 12, daughter of Dewayne Blevins and Lora Blevins
Alexxia Toddy, age 12, daughter of Willie Toddy and Corey & Ashley Williams
7th grade—Braden Hardin, age 12, son of Brandon Hardin and Nini Wilson
Trenton Nelson, age 12, son of Christopher and Valerie Nelson
8th grade—Annie Watson, age 14, daughter of Nate and Elizabeth Watson
Macie Shirley, age 14, daughter of Chris and Melissa Shirley
Newport School District:
2nd grade—Austin Richardson, age 8, daughter of Michael and Cassandra Richardson
3rd grade – Jacavion Harris, age 8. Son of Erica Watson and Jessie Harris
Skye Friar, age 8 daughter of David and Joanne Friar
4th grade—Sasha Ross, age 9, daughter of Denetra Ross and Joe Brandon
Jacey McIntosh, age 10, daughter of Erica McIntosh
5th grade—Hunter Scoggins, age 10, son of Will and Jessica Scoggins
Fernando Fuentes, age 10, son of Manuel and Dolores Fuentes
6th grade—Sam Doyle, age 11, son of Justin and Megan Doyle
Tyler Ridley, age 11, son of Tim and Amber Ridley
7th grade—Reece Kieffner, age 13, son of Brad and Melissa Kieffner
Anakin Mongold, age 12, grandson of Willie Foust and nephew of Jessica Foust
The County coordinator and pronouncer for the event was Sandra Brock. The school coordinators were Ami Driver—Newport and Tanya Wood—Tuckerman/Swifton. Judges were Margarett Gatlin, Tanya Wood, and Ami Driver.