Kelly Ramey, fourth grade student at Clearfield Elementary School and daughter of Cindy Riley, earned the title of Rowan County School District Spelling Bee Champion on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 when she correctly spelled the word iambic. The runner-up for this year’s spelling bee was Rodburn Elementary 5th grader Colten Perkins, son of Corey and Dreama Perkins. While the winner was named early in the spelling bee, it took another seven tense rounds for a runner-up to be decided.
As the winner of the county spelling bee, Kelly Ramey has qualified to represent Rowan County in the state Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Spalding University’s Kosair Shrine Club. If, for some reason, Kelly is unable to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on March 15, 2014, Colten Perkins, as the runner-up, will become eligible to participate in the state competition. The top five finishers of the state spelling bee will receive savings bonds from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, while the overall champion will have the opportunity to ride on the Winner’s Float in the Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade.
This year’s Rowan County School District Spelling Bee, which was held at Coffee Tree Books in Morehead, was hosted by Genny Jenkins, gifted education teacher for Rowan County Schools and organizer of the spelling bee. Mrs. Jenkins was assisted by Ms. Pam Tiller, librarian at Rodburn Elementary School, and Susan Thomas from Coffee Tree Books.
The district’s four elementary schools and Rowan County Middle School held classroom and school spelling bees to determine a winner and runner-up for each school. The contestants for this year’s spelling bee were: Mackenzie Stewart and Kelly Ramey from Clearfield Elementary; Peter Melahn and Brendan Fisher from McBrayer Elementary; Colten Perkins and Justin Chapman from Rodburn Elementary; Ciah Fannin and Zoe Callahan from Tilden Hogge Elementary; and Halle Scott and Grace Lewis from Rowan County Middle School. Due to a prior commitment, Ciah Fannin from Tilden Hogge Elementary School was unable to compete.
“I really have to congratulate all the students who took part in this year’s spelling bee. Having to spell words in front of a crowd can be very challenging; believe me, I know. These kids did a great job and I am so very proud of them,” said Genny Jenkins. “I also need to thank Coffee Tree Books. It was wonderful having them as hosts once again for the spelling bee.”