Fort Frye names spelling champs

The Fort Frye district spelling bee was held Jan. 30 at Beverly-Center Elementary School. Twenty-five spellers from grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 from Fort Frye Junior High School and Lowell, Salem-Liberty and Beverly-Center elementary schools competed for the opportunity to represent Fort Frye at the regional spelling bee

Winning spellers who will represent Fort Frye are: first place, Kayla Dye; second place, Josh Zwick; third place, Allie Tice, all from Fort Frye Junior High School; fourth place, Colby Sleek, Beverly-Center Elementary; and alternate, Zach Nesselroad, also from Fort Frye Junior High School. These students will compete in the regional spelling bee March 15 in the Marietta High School auditorium.

Other competing students included: from Salem-Liberty, Dylan Kirkbride, Jack McElroy, Mitchell Carpenter, Carney Gerst and Sierra Layson; Lowell, Hallie Lang, Davey Thrasher, Emily Lockhart, Anthony Rhodes, Jace Ward and Brenda Staggs; Beverly-Center, Maddie Webb, Mahela Mankins, Amanda Cooper, Cassidy Courtney, Alexandra Dixon, Matthew Duskey and Maddie Kitts; Fort Frye Junior High, Gavin Brister and Hallie Brooker.

The district bee requires work and cooperation from many staff and community members. Each elementary school PTO and Susan Rauch from the junior high school purchased trophies for the winning spellers. BAK Trophies and More were responsible for making the trophies that were ordered by Noreen Mullens and Theresa Warren. Salem-Liberty also purchased a new digital recorder to help the judges verify each student’s response.

Pronouncer for the bee was Beverly-Center principal Megan Miller. Mark Stillings, Amy Rinard, Noreen Mullens and Lenora Lockhart were judges, record keepers and assistants. Also working on the spelling bee committee were Jean Bickford, Terri Huck and Pam Oliver. Additional organizers were Chastity Hayes and Christine Holliday.

The Beverly-Center Elementary custodial staff was in charge of setting up and organizing the gymnasium for the competition. Thanks go out to Kay Taylor, Mike Garvin and Jesse Hesson for all of their work.

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A newsletter I receive listed these responses from children about falling in love, always appropriate thoughts for Valentine’s Day,

I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when “Sesame Street” is on television.

Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I have been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.

I’m not rushing into being in love. Fourth grade is hard enough.

One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she likes to eat. French fries works for me.

Don’t do things like have smelly green sneakers. You might get attention, but it’s not the same thing as love.

Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.