Hillsboro schools find their spelling c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n-s

Youth prevails in middle schoolA pair of sixth-graders earned the right to represent Hillsboro Middle School at the Marion County Spelling Bee next month by placing first and second at the HMS spelling bee Jan. 12. Champion Katie Rempel (right) and runner-up Senora Filipiak outlasted 10 other competitors through 14 rounds and 99 words. When Senora spelled “quash” instead of “quashed,” Katie won the title by correctly spelling “dandruff” and “cutlery” in succession. Also competing were sixth-graders Josh Siebert and Josh Diener (who is the alternate after placing third), seventh-graders Jude Bennett, Jasee Hamm, Jaxson Hanschu and Isabelle Whorton, and eighth-graders Bryce Rader, Austin Rempel, Landon Roberts and Teegan Werth. The county spelling bee is planned for 10 a.m. Feb. 1 in Marion.
Fifth-grader is HES champion
Hillsboro Elementary School will be represented at the Marion County Spelling Bee in Marion Feb. 1 by fifth-grader Trudy Hein (middle) and third-grader June Schmidt (left), who placed one-two in the HES spelling showdown Jan. 12. Fifth-grader Paige Gehring (right) will serve as an alternate by finishing third. Trudy won the contest when she spelled “culture” correctly. Also competing in the bee were fifth-graders Logan Frantz and Levi Allen; fourth-graders Justin Miller, Noah Beavers, Colton Rempel and Trysta Miller; third-graders Quinlyn Funk, Evan Jones and Claudia SooHoo; second-graders Cheyanne Plenert, Lucas Sorenson, Abby Beavers and Meyer Hill; and first-graders Titus Unruh and Mackenzie Schultz.

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