Students from 79 schools were involved in three rounds of the Jackson County Spelling Bee in February.
Students proved their spelling prowess at one of two Division Spelling Bees held at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library and the Midwest Genealogy Center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library system. All students had the opportunity to spell three words correctly. Those who did advanced to the final Championship Bee.
On Sat., Feb. 23, Meah Wilburn won the Championship Bee over the 23 other students who competed at that level. She is a 6th grader from Highland Park Elementaryin the Lee’s Summit School District.
Meah will represent Jackson County, Mo. against other county champions at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
LINC Caring Communities sites made up 24 of the 79 schools that competed. LINC partner districts represented were Grandview, Hickman Mills, Independence, Kansas City Public Schools, and a charter school.
The Bee was sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Kansas City Federation of Teachers, and LINC.
The bee is a way to encourages students to improve their vocabularies and spelling skills as well as exercise sportsmanship.