Marion County spellers battle at state

Competing against the best spellers from 76 Kansas counties, Marion County qualifiers Abby Wesner and Logan Webster made it to the 13th round of the Sun­flower Regional Spelling Bee, sponsored by ITC, Sunflower Electric and the Kansas Press Association, Saturday, March 3, at Fort Hays State University.

Ninety-five students from across Kansas were registered to compete in the oral spell down, which included spelling and vocabulary. This year’s bee was a spelling marathon of 31 rounds, the longest in the bee’s history, according to longtime judge Jeanie Michaelis.

In Round 31, Sukesh Kamesh, a seventh-grader from Kingman County, correctly spelled his winning word: carboniferous.

In the initial final round, each missed a spelling in the initial final round, which allowed Joy Lee, a Crawford County eighth grader, to re-enter the competition.

Kamesh will represent Kansas in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.