Spelling Bee Winners Head to NCW Regionals

The NCW Regional Spelling Bee will occur at 6 pm on Thursday, March 21st at Eastmont Junior High School in East Wenatchee.  The Regional Spelling Bee is open to the public at no charge.  The NCW Regional Spelling Bee feeds into the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The first place finisher in the NCW Regional Spelling Bee will advance to the national round in Washington DC later this spring. The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the sponsor of the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee.


NCW Regional Spelling Bee Finalists

Chelan & Douglas counties:

Fourth grade students: Aiden Peterson, Morgen Owings Elementary School, Chelan; Malachi Sanchez, Manson Elementary School, Manson; Leora Aurilio, Osborn Elementary School, Leavenworth;  John Albert, Sunnyslope Elementary School, Wenatchee; Sophie Graybill and Asa Trowbridge, Vale Elementary School, Cashmere; Karla Torres, Bridgeport Elementary School, Bridgeport; Carter Shafer, Mansfield School, Mansfield; Jose Medina, Palisades Elementary School, Palisades; and Regan Purdom, Washington Elementary School, Wenatchee.

Fifth grade students: Sarah Freeman, Morgen Owings Elementary School, Chelan; Kascia Muscutt, Osborn Elementary School, Leavenworth; Jaysa McCue, Sunnyslope Elementary School, Wenatchee; Carlos Flores, Bridgeport Elementary School, Bridgeport; Emily Richardson, Palisades Elementary School, Palisades; and Raquel Norland, Washington Elementary School, Wenatchee. 

Sixth grade students: Alexis Cozart and Mason Brown, Foothills Middle School, Wenatchee; Gabriel Bell, Orchard Middle School, Wenatchee; and Fernando Sanchez, Clovis Point Intermediate School, East Wenatchee.

Seventh grade students: Sara Kreider, Clovis Point Intermediate School, East Wenatchee; Zach Hurt, Pioneer Middle School, Wenatchee; and Christian Vargas, Mansfield School, Manson.

Eight grade students: Katie Mock and Ellen Perleberg, Cashmere Middle School, Cashmere; Lynn Martinez, Pioneer Middle School, Wenatchee; Ira Olson, Orchard Middle School, Wenatchee; Owen Massey and Jonah Gunter, Icicle River Middle School, Leavenworth; and Spencer Ward, Manson Secondary School, Manson.

Okanogan County

Fourth grade students: Kiaya Natrall & Hannah Schneider, East Omak Elementary School, Omak; Lindsay Worrell, Methow Valley Elementary School, Winthrop; Mykensie Hugus, Oroville Elementary School, Oroville; and Blake Richter, Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Okanogan.

Fifth grade students: Sheridan Blasey, Oroville Elementary School, Oroville; and Anthony Olson, Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Okanogan.

Sixth grade students: Cailin Chandler, Methow Valley Elementary School, Winthrop; and Ashley Blakemore, Omak Middle School, Omak.

Seventh grade student: Teresita Aragon, Okanogan Middle School, Okanogan; and Roniah Freidland, Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak.

Eighth grade students: Mason Duke, Okanogan Middle School, Okanogan; Nathaniel Bigwolf, Paschal Sherman Indian School, Omak; and Brandon Cate, Omak Middle School, Omak.

Grant County

Fourth grade students: Thomas Gumiran, Longview Elementary School, Moses Lake; Zachary Washburn and Iasis Grandlund, Midway Learning Center, Moses Lake; Caleb Christensen, Red Rock Elementary School, Royal City.

Fifth grade students: Rachel Larios, Rock Elementary School, Royal City; and Emily Sue Morgan, Longview Elementary School, Moses Lake.

Seventh grade student: Rylee Pitner, Grand Coulee Dam Middle School, Grand Coulee; Gisel Sorto and Sandra Huezo, Quincy Junior High School, Quincy; and Corbin Christensen, Royal Middle School, Royal City.

Eighth grade students: Marianna Clark, Grand Coulee Dam Middle School, Grand Coulee; and Sophia Rodriguez, Royal Middle School, Royal City.

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Founded in 1994, WAEF coordinates, promotes and develops charitable activities reflecting tree fruit industry member priorities.  The organization is best known for its scholarship program.  In 2012 WAEF awarded over $450,000 in scholarship aid to students raised in tree fruit industry communities.

For more information on WAEF or the NCW Regional Spelling Bee, contact the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713 or visit www.waef.org.