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District’s top spellers compete here, one advances



SPELLING BEE PARTICIPANTS — Pictured from left are Hannah Caudill, an eighth grader at Cowan Elementary School; Emma Quillen, a fifth grader at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School; Taylor Sturgill, an eighth grader at Fleming-Neon Middle School; Nikole Lee, an eighth grader at Letcher Middle School; Jessica Boggs, an eighth grader at Whitesburg Middle School; Ava Burton, a fifth grader at Letcher Elementary School; Jordan Osborne, a seventh grader at Arlie Boggs Elementary School; and Emily Blair, a fifth grader at West Whitesburg Elementary School. Also pictured is Letcher Schools Superintendent Tony Sergent. Hannah Caudill won the district spelling bee on February 6 and will represent Letcher County at the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee in Louisville on March 21. Emma Quillen placed second and Jordan Osborne placed third. Letcher County Central High School freshman Brooke Saurer, who is a four-time county spelling bee champion, started a mentoring program called “The Bee” to help the participants prepare for the county and state spelling bee. (Photo by Sally Barto)

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