Saturday marks the 36th annual Douglas County Spelling Bee.
Twenty-nine district winners coming from the fifth through eighth grades throughout the county will take the stage in the Wildlife Safari auditorium and vie for the title of the county’s best speller. Each contestant has already advanced through classroom and school district competitions and will receive a trophy for reaching the county level. The four finalists at the county level will receive additional trophies and a prize. The last speller standing at the end of the Douglas County Spelling Bee will win a laptop computer.
The spellers represent 17 of the 34 public elementary and middle schools, three private schools and one home school.
One student is returning for the third year: Melrose Christian Schoolhouse eighth-grader Zack Schissler. Four students are back for the second year: Elkton Middle School seventh-grader Joseph Childress, Fremont Middle School eighth-grader Victoria Horrace, JoLane Middle School sixth-grader Boone Olson and McGovern Elementary School sixth-grader Marinda Carlyle.
Umpqua Community College instructor Jillanne Michell will pronounce the words for the spellers. News-Review Editor Vicki Menard will serve as master of ceremonies. The judges will be volunteer Amy Holmgren and News-Review employees Cheryl Lumley and Donna Voth. The event coordinator is Vicki Johnston.
The following students will compete:
Alexandra Cooper, a seventh-grader at Winston Middle School;
Alyssa McCormick, a fifth-grader at West Intermediate School in Sutherlin;
Anna Saylor, an eighth-grader at Glendale School;
Anna Zetzsche, an eighth-grader at Reedsport Community Charter School;
Ashtyn Hooten, a fifth-grader at Fullerton IV Elementary School in Roseburg;
Boone Olson, a sixth-grader at Joseph Lane Middle School in Roseburg;
Brittany Miller, a seventh-grade home schooler;
Chiquita Hastings, a seventh-grader at Joseph Lane Middle School in Roseburg;
Elliott Lawton, a fifth-grader at Riddle Elementary School;
Hannah Bryan, a fifth-grader at Winchester Elementary School in Roseburg;
Hayley Braack, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Middle School in Oakland;
Joseph Childress, a seventh-grader at Elkton Middle School;
Josh Callaway, an eighth-grader at Yoncalla Middle School
Marinda Carlyle, a sixth-grader at McGovern Elementary School in Winston;
Megan Alkire, an eighth-grader at Fremont Middle School in Roseburg;
Megan Carrillo, a sixth-grader West Intermediate School in Sutherlin;
Moriah Nielsen, a fifth-grader at Geneva Academy in Roseburg;
Noah Hart, a sixth-grader at Canyonville Elementary School;
Quinlan Wedge, a fifth-grader at Eastwood Elementary in Roseburg
Quintin Dascher, an eighth-grader at Reedsport Community Charter School;
Samantha Stevens, a sixth-grader at West Intermediate School in Sutherlin;
Tommy Spangler, a sixth-grader at Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek;
Vanessa Beerman, a sixth-grader at McGovern Elementary School in Winston;
Victoria Horrace, an eighth-grader at Fremont Middle School in Roseburg;
Viviana Young, an eighth-grader at Glide Middle School;
Wesley Kwok, a sixth-grader at Umpqua Valley Christian School;
Zack Schissler, an eighth-grader at Melrose Christian Schoolhouse;
Zoey Ralston, a seventh-grader at Joseph Lane Middle School in Roseburg;
Zu Huang, a seventh-grader at Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek.