Twenty-four young spellers earn place in NCW Regional Spelling Bee

Chelan Middle School: Cray Silva

Chelan Middle School: David Kelly

Manson Elementary: Kimberly Calderon and Spencer Thompson. Photos Courtesy Washington Apple Education Foundation
 Wenatchee - This year 24 impressive young spellers earned entry to the NCW Regional Spelling Bee organized by the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF).  The regional champion represents north central Washington at the national Scripps Spelling Bee held annually in the spring in Washington DC.
Students in grades 4th-8th from Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties were eligible to participate.   To earn entry into the NCW Regional Spelling Bee, each competitor must place in the top two of their school building local spelling bee.  Schools register with Scripps National Spelling Bee for students to compete and get access to word lists, bee guides and more.
NCW Regional Spelling Bee Finalists
Chelan County
Cashmere Middle School - Bea  Kelzenberg, grade-7
Cashmere Middle School - Titus Corbaley, grade-8
Chelan Middle School - David Kelly, grade-7
Chelan Middle School - Cray Silva, grade-8
Manson Elementary - Spencer Thompson, grade-5
Manson Elementary - Kimberly Calderon, grade-4
Orchard Middle School (Wenatchee) - Tenoch Campos, grade-8
Orchard Middle School (Wenatchee) - Audrey Erwert, grade-7
St. Joseph School-Wenatchee - Gabriela Martinez, grade-5
St. Joseph School-Wenatchee - Eli Wright, grade-5
Sunnyslope Elementary School (Wenatchee) - Benjamin Newman, grade-5
Sunnyslope Elementary School (Wenatchee) - Neal Nayak, grade-5
Washington Elementary School (Wenatchee) - Emma Johnson, grade-5
Washington Elementary School (Wenatchee) - Natalie Smeller, grade-5
Douglas County
Clovis Point (East Wenatchee) - Miguel Rivera, grade-7
Clovis Point (East Wenatchee) - Everleigh Lawson, grade-5
Mansfield Elementary And High School - George Murison, grade-7
Mansfield Elementary And High School - Megan Wick, grade-7
Okanogan County
Grainger Elementary (Okanogan) - Joseph Kruse, grade-5
Grainger Elementary (Okanogan) - Emmett Allenby, grade-4
Omak Middle School - Xavier  Levi, grade-8
Omak Middle School - Bayley Ross, grade-6
Tonasket Elementary School - Xen Fardys, grade-5
Tonasket Elementary School - Jared Aparicio-Pena, grade-5
Due to school closures locally and across the country, many regional spelling bees have been postponed.  This is the case for the North Central Washington event.  Scripps is advising regional bees and it is hoped at this time that the NCW Regional Spelling Bee will occur at a later date.  It was announced today that the National Scripps Spelling Bee originally planned to occur in Washington D.C. on Sunday, May 24 – Friday, May 29 has been suspended.
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.  The foundation awards over $1 million in scholarships annually to college students raised in families with connections to Washington’s tree fruit industry.
For more information on WAEF or the NCW Regional Spelling Bee, contact the WAEF office at (509) 663-7713 or

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