Lazzell wins Times’ ‘bee’

March 1, 2019

Seventh-grader Mary Ann Lazzell of Calvary Baptist Christian School was declared the winner of the 12th annual Watertown Daily Times Spelling Bee at Watertown High School on Tuesday after correctly spelling “legitimately.”

There were 19 contestants who lived or attended a school in the Watertown Unified School District. These students, sixth- through eighth-graders, advanced from the written qualifying test held in January at Riverside Middle School.

Winners included the top speller, Lazzell, who was awarded a $75 cash prize and a certificate. The final speller of the sixth-graders was Samantha Prigge of Calvary Baptist. In the seventh grade category, Dylan Morgan of Riverside Middle School took top honors. The final speller for the eighth-graders was Kaylea Fillmore, a home-schooled student. Those students each received $50 and a certificate, courtesy of the Watertown Daily Times.

Other students competing were: Katie Scarlet Hanus, Garrett Heth, Leah Chowanec, Elijah Dolan, Michael Price, Cassidy Zempel, Mikaylah Fessler, Elisabeth Lazzell, Peyton White, Thomas Goeman, Ava Ashenfelter, Nathaniel Kilps, Sophia Bittorf, William Alsup and Lilly Walrath. Hunter Weakley was unable to attend. Schools represented in the spelling bee were Riverside Middle School, Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran School, Calvary Baptist Christian School and a home-schooled student.

Professor Brian Maurice of Luther Preparatory School was the pronouncer for the evening. Judges included Jane Aschenbrenner, a retired elementary teacher, and Frances Milburn, who is also a retired teacher from Riverside Middle School and an author of many serial stories and books. Kay MacAskill was the recording secretary.

The event was coordinated by Jackie Rosinski of the Watertown Daily Times Newspaper in Education program. Judy Kluetzman was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

The Newspaper in Education program is funded through donations from businesses and service organizations, along with the “Adopt a Classroom” program. Approximately 5,000 students benefit from the NIE program. Newspapers contribute to independent reading, improved vocabulary, enhanced comprehension, critical thinking and improved reading and writing skills. To learn more about the NIE program, contact Rosinski at 920-261-4949.