North Central Washington Speller to travel to National Spelling Bee

Wenatchee, Wash… Long, short, domestic and imported words made up the impressive word list at the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) this evening in East Wenatchee. 42 students from grades 4th - 8th participated in the spelling bee representing schools in Okanogan, Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties.  Each of the participants earned their place in the regional spelling bee by scoring as one of the top two spellers in their local, school spelling bee.

            The winning word was incursion for Emily Schneider a seventh grade student from Omak Middle School, who survived 13  rounds to capture this year’s title and win a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May. 

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­            The competition continued on for one additional round to determine the second and third place finishers.  Fourth grade student Leo Chen from Oroville Elementary School earned second place this year and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Ashley Blakemore, a seventh grade student from Omak Middle School, placed third. 

The NCW Regional Spelling Bee, held at Eastmont Junior High School, was presented by the Washington Apple Education Foundation for the third year.  The format was of a traditional “spelldown” with each student receiving one word per round.  At the end of each round, those who spelled their words correctly continued onto the next round.  Approximately 250 guests filled the auditorium to cheer on the spellers.

            In addition to the six-day trip Washington DC to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, this year’s champion won a one-year subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica’s online edition, a copy of Webster’s Third International Dictionary from Merriam-Webster and a $100 United States Savings Bond.

­­­­­­­­            The second place winner received a $25 gift certificate from the Academic Toolbox in Wenatchee.  The third place winner received a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

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 2013 WAEF awarded $650,000 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