On Dec. 17, the Baldwinsville Central School District held it Oral Spelling Bee Championships to determine 24 finalists for the Post Standard's written portion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be given on Jan. 23.
The winner of the district spelling bee was Katherine Schumacher, an eighth-grader at Durgee Junior High School. Cecilia Vacanti, a seventh-grader at Ray Middle School, was the second place winner and sixth-grader Rachel Lockwood earned third place.
Other qualifiers from the Baldwinsville Central School District for the written portion of the bee are: Shaelyn Parnell and Cole Treasure, Reynolds Elementary School; Charles Nash and Madeline Saarie, McNamara Elementary School; Hannah Ebner, Emma Brune and Kyle Chamberlain, Palmer Elementary School; Gwen Mercer and Mary Arthur, Elden Elementary School; Josh Greer, Mary Zarnowski, Catherine Spohn, Seth Horan, Ryan Gell, Shelley Verma, Taylor Veith and Gabriel Goulding, Ray Middle School; Dana Norton, Nick Felong, Thomas Brown and Eric Johnson, Durgee Junior High School.
Winners of the Baldwinsville Central School District Oral Spelling Bee Championships are (from left) Rachel Lockwood, third place; Cecilia Vacanti, second place; and Katherine Schumacher, first place.