It took a total of eight nail-biting rounds, but a winner was finally declared in the annual Rowan County School District Spelling Bee, held at Rowan County Middle School on Thursday, February 7, 2019. The winner, Nathaniel Dellapenta, sixth grade student at Rowan County Middle School and son of Brandon and Meaghann Goldy, earned the title of 2019 Rowan County School District Spelling Bee Champion when he correctly spelled the word syllabus. The runner-up for this year’s spelling bee was Tilden Hogge Elementary School 5th grader Braedon Pierce, son of Josh and Shayne Pierce.
As the winner of the county spelling bee, Nathaniel Dellapenta has met the qualifications to represent Rowan County Schools in the state Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts’ Bomhard Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. If, for some reason, Nathaniel is unable to participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee, Braedon Pierce, as the runner-up, will become eligible to participate in the state competition.
This year’s Rowan County School District Spelling Bee was held at Rowan County Middle School., was hosted by RCMS teacher Stacey May. Judges for the event were RCMS teachers Stacey May and Amanda Mason. Jami Kiser, librarian at McBrayer Elementary School, served as the word pronouncer for the event.
The district’s four elementary schools held classroom and school-level spelling bees while Rowan County Middle School held grade-level spelling bees to determine a winner and runner-up for each school and qualify for the District Spelling Bee. The students that qualified for this year’s competition were: Ivy Caudill and Aiden Barker from Clearfield Elementary; Brecken McCarty and Cayden Noble from McBrayer Elementary; Caleb Allen and Kellen Beckman from Rodburn Elementary; Jeremy Endicott and Braedon Pierce; Nathaniel Dellapenta, Cadyn Armstrong and Ivy Litton from RCMS 6th grade; Eavie Marlow and Brayden Sammons from RCMS 7th grade; and Aiden Johnson and John Oesch from RCMS 8th grade.
When notified of the spelling bee results, Superintendent John Maxey offered his congratulations to Nathaniel Dellapenta and Braedon Pierce. He then stated, “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. I think I can speak on behalf of their parents and their teachers by saying we are very proud of each speller.”
Congratulations, Nathaniel Dellapenta. Best of luck at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee.