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Students from Port Angeles School District elementary and middle schools — Franklin, Jefferson, Dry Creek, Hamilton and Roosevelt elementary schools; Stevens Middle School; and the Parents As Partners program — and Queen of Angels and Olympic Christian private schools participated in the citywide bee last week at the Vern Burton Community Center.
The annual bee, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Jet Set and Friends of the North Olympic Library System, included two bees last Tuesday.
In the first, students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades competed. The second was a contest among seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Korin Urtezuela, a Hamilton Elementary sixth-grader, placed first in the elementary-level bee by spelling the word “precious” correctly.
Mary Shore, also a sixth-grade student at Hamilton Elementary, placed second.
At the middle level, Mason Coppage, an eighth-grade student from Stevens, finished first by spelling “description” correctly.
Sydney Realph-Wu, a Queen of Angels eighth-grade student, placed second.
Each of the top two winners in both divisions received a trophy and bookbags filled with prizes donated by the Friends of the North Olympic Library System.
Each finalist participated in “spell downs” in their respective class bees and advanced to the annual all-city bee.
Bee finalists were:
■ Dry Creek Elementary — Connor Judy, Maizie Tucker, Kaya Reynolds, Delaney Wenzl and Polly Price. Alternates were Madeline Montana, Jimmy Bruch, Cassidy Fish, Ari Barros and Madison Dunning.
■ Franklin Elementary — James Burkhardt and Benjamin Coppage. Alternates were Kariya Johnson and Jaden Gadbaw.
■ Hamilton Elementary — Along with Urtezula and Shore, finalists were Celeste Tucker, Samantha Robbins, Blake Parker and Kayla Richmond. Alternates were Olivia Wray, Henry Shaw, Isaiah Martinez, Mariah Jensen and Marissa Lofgren.
■ Jefferson Elementary — Joseph Spurgis, Kai Briggance, Madison Deese, Carma Langmack, Nacia Bohman and Levi Oman. Alternates were Elise Baublitz and Raven Taylor.
■ Roosevelt Elementary — Hannah Basden, Shawn Homan, Cole Perkins, Chase Roberts, Alex Lamb, Stuart Methner and Andrea Matheny. Alternates were Chava Haller, Brandy Buchanan, Daniel Hornack, Tanner Price and Boston Fisler.
■ Parents As Partners — Michael Roggenbuck.
■ Stevens Middle School — Along with Coppage, finalists were Lauren Waldron, Milo Atwater, Kyla Tagg, Tanner Fairchild and Colby Boe.
■ Olympic Christian — Kinnley Brady, Caleb Flodstrom, Ethan Flodstrom and Chris Pogzay. Alternates were LeeAnn Raney, Mason Reynolds, Jasmine Mathis and Lily Robertson.
■ Queen of Angels — Along with Realph-Wu, finalists were Kira Commerton, Aidan Braaten, Felicia Che and Grace Burnette. Alternates were Faith McFall, Abby Austin, Olivia Bay, Colby Rentas and Marcos Lopez.