Letter: Congratulations to county spelling winners

Editor:

On behalf of our corporate sponsor BMO Harris Bank, congratulations to the Champion of the 68th Annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee, Miranda Todd, an eighth grader at Sacred Heart Catholic School. We would also like to recognize the accomplishments of Marlow Jackson, a sixth grader at Prescott Mile High Middle School as the runner up, Celeste Nickle, a seventh grader at Mingus Springs Charter School who finished third and Justin Ritzenthaler, a sixth grader at American Heritage Academy-Camp Verde Campus, who finished fourth. Forty students participated in the bee representing district schools, charter schools, private schools, and home school groups.

Good luck and best wishes to Miranda as she represents Yavapai County in the State Spelling Bee at the studios of KAET-TV on the campus of Arizona State University on March 29, 2014.

Special recognition goes to Humboldt Unified School District and Superintendent, Dr. Paul Stanton for hosting this event. Glassford Hill Middle School Principal, Dr. Terri Matteson, and her staff were wonderful to work with. HUSD Food Service and Maintenance did an excellent job preparing our lunch and the venue.

JoLynne Richter, our Pronouncer, has now voluntarily provided expertise to our bee for 30 years. A special thanks to the Bee Coordinator, Laurin Custis of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, for all of her hard work and organizational talents.

We would like to thank our judges Nancy Baker, Trenda Vannette and Ray Newton for their dedication to education and for the many years that they have served as our Spelling Bee judges.

We would also like to thank the Arizona Sundogs, Burger King, Cracker Barrel, Freedom Station, Highland Dental, Home Depot, The Honeyman, Jack-in-the-Box, K-Mart, Kidzaam Dentistry, Sonic and Taco Bell for generous contributions toward the County Spelling Bee.

BMO Harris Bank, with offices in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona provide a significant financial contribution to support the Spelling Bee. Their financial support of our students and the communities they serve, along with a family friendly business environment is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Tim Carter

Yavapai County School Superintendent

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