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Top 5 spellers in Laramie County Spelling Bee advance to state competition

The state competition will be held in Rock Springs in March.

From left: Josephine O’Hara, Daniyal Khan, Farrah Parish and Jane Redd hold up their spelling bee awards after placing in the top 5 of the Laramie County Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the LCSD1 Administration Building Auditorium in Cheyenne. The contest's winner, Cody Davis, competed online over Zoom. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — “Macropterous.” “Repercussion.” “Adversaria.” “Bethesda.”

These were some of the tough-as-nails words local students correctly spelled in the Laramie County Spelling Bee on Saturday morning. Fifteen students from Laramie County School District 1 and 2 each had a chance to correctly spell around nine words inside the LCSD1 Administration Building’s Auditorium.

Of the 15 kids — all of which were from fifth through eighth grades — the top five spelling performers received awards and will advance to the state spelling bee in March.

The Laramie County students going to the state championship, in order of placement, are as follows:

  1. Cody Davis, Burns Junior High, seventh grade
  2. Jane Redd, Prairie Wind Elementary, sixth grade
  3. Farrah Parish, Henderson Elementary School, sixth grade
  4. Daniyal Khan, Hobbs Elementary School, sixth grade
  5. Josephine O’Hara, McCormick Junior High School, eighth grade
From left: Jane Redd, Farrah Parish, Daniyal Khan and Josephine O’Hara sit onstage awaiting the results of the Laramie County Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the LCSD1 Administration Building Auditorium in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Judges review the results to decide the top five winners of the Laramie County Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the LCSD1 Administration Building Auditorium in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

Shannon Brooks, elementary ELA coordinator with LCSD1, told Cap City News that 254 Laramie County students performed in three rounds of online spelling bees in January. The online model allowed more students to participate than in previous years, she said. Contest coordinators averaged each students’ score across all rounds and picked the top 15 for Saturday’s in-person competition.

Western Wyoming Community College will host the state spelling bee in March, Brooks said.


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