Busy as a Bee: Top county spellers square off in February

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Raven Collins, left, was the winner of the Cottonwood Middle School Spelling Bee Jan. 8. She will represent the district at the Yavapai County Spelling Bee Feb. 18 in Prescott Valley. Zach Pelletier, eighth grade, was runner up.

Courtesy Photo Raven Collins, left, was the winner of the Cottonwood Middle School Spelling Bee Jan. 8. She will represent the district at the Yavapai County Spelling Bee Feb. 18 in Prescott Valley. Zach Pelletier, eighth grade, was runner up.

Winners from local spelling and geography bees will have the opportunity to compete at higher levels. Spelling bee winners will compete Feb. 18 in the Yavapai County Spelling Bee. Geography bee winners will take written tests for National Geographic to compete at the state level.

Jan. 8 was BEE DAY at Cottonwood Middle School.

The spelling bee winner was eighth-grader Raven Collins, and eighth-grader Zach Pelletier was runner up. Collins will represent her school in the district spelling bee. The winner of that competition will go to the county spelling bee.

The geography bee winner at CMS was eighth-grader Edward Scott. Sixth-grader Ryan Sullivan took second place. Scott will take the written test to qualify for the state competition through National Geographic held in March. The top 100 students statewide will qualify for that competition. The winner of the state-level geography competition goes on to national competition. The winner at that level will earn a $25,000 scholarship and $500 cash.

Cassidi Long, a fifth-grader at Cottonwood Elementary School, is also in the geography competition. She won first place Wednesday in her school's geography bee. Solé Garcia won second place.

Twenty home school students competed Jan. 9 in the Verde Valley Home School Spelling Bee at the Cottonwood Public Safety Building.

First-place winner, 13-year-old Gina Sandoval will compete in the Yavapai County Spelling Bee.

The home school competition was divided into two levels, kindergarten through third grade, and fourth through eighth grades. Viveca Lawrie was second in the 4-8 division, which was won by Sandoval. Aurora Lawrie was third.

In the K-3 bee, Faith Hellman was first; Ryan Russel, second; and Kirstin Faust, third.

The county bee will be Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Franklin Phonetic School in Prescott Valley. Special recognition will go to first, second, third and fourth-place winners. The winner will compete in the Arizona State Spelling Bee. The state winner will go on to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 26 & 27.

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