Gananda fifth grade student, Draven Winter, secured his victory in the 13th Annual Gananda Spelling Bee competition on Thursday, February 11, 2021 with the correct spelling of the word "constricting." Winter will move on to the next level of competition at the Regional Spelling Bee to be held in March at a yet to be determined location.
Joining Winter at the regional competition will be Second Place Winner, 7th Grader, Jenna Giles. Giles secured her second place finish by spelling the word "dismayed" correctly. Additionally, 7th Grader, Melissa Giddings secured her third place finish in the competition with the correct spelling of "featherbrained." Giddings will attend the regional competition as an alternate.
Additional Super-Speller competitors included: Owen Richards, Sydney Richards, Leah Buffan, Cadence Strausser, Mason Strausser, Brady Wadsworth and Mark Redko.
A special thank you to Mrs. Jacki Mader, Ms. Amy Dana, Mrs. Michelle Miller, Dr. Shawn Van Scoy and Mr. John Thompson for judging this year's Spelling Bee competition. Thank you also to Mr. John Tichacek for helping to set up the stage to ensure all COVID-19 safety guidelines were met to hold a successful in-person Bee.