Education

Two Genoa-Kingston students advance to regional spelling bee

GENOA – Two Genoa-Kingston students advanced to the DeKalb County Regional Spelling Bee.

Twelve Genoa-Kingston students, three from each grade in fifth through eighth grades, competed in the district spelling bee, sponsored by the Genoa Lions Club, which was held Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Fifth grade participants were Kolton Robinson, Kaden Sosnowski and Gracie Paulson. Sixth grade participants were Cole Krueger, Evelyn Wallace and Aaron Yang. Seventh grade participants were Elton Lin, Samantha Abracia-Wendel and Brycen Wiergartz. Eighth grade participants were Stephen Carey, Peter Hernandez and Adrian Delgado.

The winner of this year’s Genoa-Kingston Spelling Bee was Kolton Robinson, a fifth grader at Genoa Elementary School and the son of Samantha Coates of Kingston. The second place winner was Cole Krueger, a sixth grader at Genoa-Kingston Middle School and the son of Matt and Marina Krueger of Genoa. Third place and regional alternate is eighth grader Peter Hernandez.

It took 33 rounds of spelling to determine the winner. Robinson won the spelling bee by spelling “Darwinism” and “perdition” correctly.

The spelling bee and its dinner were hosted by the Genoa Lions Club, which provided pizza from the Smoking Grill in Genoa and trophies for the first and second place winners. Genoa’s McDonalds donated twelve $10 gift cards, one for each contestant.