Spellers moving on
Eudora Middle School eighth-grader Austin Vickers and Eudora West Elementary School fifth-grader Brody Riemann are headed to the Douglas County Spelling Bee Feb. 24 after recently winning their school spelling bees.
Vickers spelled "mahogany" correctly and Riemann spelled "waltz" correctly to advance to the county competition. The two will represent the city of Eudora among other city champions from the county.
This is the second straight win for Vickers, who won for EMS as a seventh-grader last year. Runners-up this year were eighth-grader Chelsea Grammer and fourth-grader Chloe O'Dell. The alternate will compete at the county bee if the winner is not able to participate.
The winners and runners-up came from a competitive pool at each school.
Eudora West Elementary School participants were third-graders Jack Reynolds, Kristi Daigh, Griffin Katzenmeier, Jordan Vaughn, Jimmie Henson and Easton Kewley; and alternates Bethany Kearns, Kyle McManus, Tucker Gabriel, Spencer Howe and Mindy McClaskey; fourth-graders Chloe O'Dell, Alex Wagner, Brenna Sparks and Chandler Higgins; and alternates Lauren Gabriel, Morgan Monroe, Hannah Hagan and Cloeie Russell; fifth-graders Lorena Coleman, Haley Turner, Alyssa Blaisdell and Brody Riemann; and alternates Sam Hanzlik, Brett Williams and Shelby Younkin.
Eudora Middle School participants were sixth-graders Cullen Brandon, Landon Walrod, Hunter Trefz, Mattie Beers, Connor Hays, Claire Mersmann, Tesla Hague, Emma Beck, Morgan Thevarajoo and Kaitlyn Heier; and alternates Matthew Damm and Emily Durkin; seventh-graders Ryan Leary, Brenna Bench, Mike Dahlem, Tyler Lathrom, McKenzie Cadue, Kate Dennis, Alex Whitten, Jared Ireland and Jared Stickler; and alternates Hannah Gregg and Samantha Pippert; and eighth-graders Austin Vickers, Cody Bryant, Tanner Sorenson, Jordan Plaice, Josh Bakarich, Alex Berthelsen, Chelsea Grammer, Robert Simpson and Ian Scrimsher; and alternates Mac Hartwell and Christian Richardson.
The sixth-grade coach was Carrie Jackson. Paul Boone was the seventh-grade coach and Robert Sailler was the coach of the eighth-grade students.