By Patty Long
Westmoreland County Public Schools
It took 53 words and 8 rounds before a winner was declared for the Westmoreland County Public Schools’ spelling bee district championship. At the end of the evening, fifth grader, David Lemke, from Washington District Elementary School, sealed his victory by spelling correctly the final word of the night, “perfectionism.” The runner-up was fourth grader, Kelsey Henry, also from Washington District Elementary School. Mr. Lemke will now prepare for the regional contest in Fredericksburg.
The Spelling Bee Participants were Cople Elementary; first grade, Trevay Jackson (alternate, Zander Carey); second grade, Abigail Kesling (alternate, Alajah Burrell), third grade, Dontrell Coleman (alternate, Harvey Barber), fourth grade, Leslie Cruz (alternate, Devonna Fisher) and fifth grade, Jordan Deakes (alternate, Richard Laney).
Representatives from Washington District were; first grade, David Wilson, Jr. (alternate, Esteban Valdez), second grade, Alysia Johnson (alternate, Charles Pietras), third grade, Samantha Carr (alternate, Paul Miles, III), fourth grade, Kelsey Henry (alternate, Eric Tate, Jr.), and fifth grade, David Lemke (alternate, Andres Murillo). Montross Middle School was represented by sixth grade, Maliyah Jackson (alternate, Jasmine Tate), seventh grade, Tommy Gunn, and eighth grade, Takera Brooks (alternate, (Shyra Jett). The event was coordinated by Anne Glancy, Director Emeritus of Instruction and Assessment and Carole Alexander of Washington District Elementary School. The spelling bee announcer was Patty Long, Home and Public Relations Specialist. Judges were Cathy Rice, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Assessment, James Cook, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Student Services and Michael Hurdle, Asst. Principal of W&L High School. School coordinators were Cople, Pat Wright; Washington District, Carole Alexander; and Montross Middle, Michael Ransome. The student facilitator was Julie Weicht, Early Intervention Specialist.