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39 of Schuylkill County’s Best Spellers Ready to Compete in Regional Bee

The Bee has a new sponsor in 2024.

The 2024 Regional Spelling Bee in Schuylkill County has a new sponsor and is set to c-o-m-m-e-n-c-e. And 39 of the area’s top spellers are ready to compete for the 1 spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

This year’s Bee is sponsored by the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council. For years, the Spelling Bee was sponsored by the local daily newspaper, which announced in the past year that it was no longer able to back it. 

With the event in j-e-o-p-a-r-d-y, the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council stepped in. The Spelling Bee is being coordinated by Schuylkill Technology Center.

“Losing the Regional Bee would have been a tremendous loss for Schuylkill County, and so I’m thankful that Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council stepped up to sponsor the event,” Shannon Brennan, Director of STC, says in a release.

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This year’s Bee is being held at DHH Lengel Middle School Auditorium in Pottsville on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 10 a.m.

The 39 spellers represent the 12 public school districts and non-public institutions in Schuylkill County. There are 20 alternates.

Here are this year’s competitors: 

SpellerGradeSchool District
Azaylee Adams8Williams Valley
Ava Applegate7Schuylkill Haven Area
Aisaha Ayasha Feliz6Mahanoy Area
Najlaa Belkhoutout7Pottsville Area
Owen Borger4Blue Mountain
Savannah Carduff4Shenandoah Valley
Rowena Cresswell-Blickley6Blue Mountain
Nathan Derr8Mahanoy Area
Nora Digris6North Schuylkill
Gianna Donovan8Shenandoah Valley
Andrea Forro7Tri-Valley
Bryce Frymoyer6Pine Grove Area
Olivia Gerlott5Blue Mountain
Elliott Getz7Tri-Valley
Ella Heming4Pine Grove Area
Grayson Hess6Schuylkill Haven Area
Harper Hoffman7Williams Valley
Grey Hopkins5Minersville Area
Padraic Kerns8Pottsville Area
Daniel Kim7Assumption BVM
Allison Knecht5Mahanoy Area
Alivia Kroh4Shenandoah Valley
Annabelle Lemke4Pine Grove Area
Lena Lucht6Tri-Valley
Renee Machamer6Williams Valley
Romeo Marshall6Tri-Valley
Kayda Monberger7North Schuylkill
Stella Mongrain8Assumption BVM
Riley Nguyeno4Schuylkill Haven Area
Eva Ochenride5Minersville Area
Abigail Parson5Williams Valley
Liam Peddigree4Schuylkill Haven
Gage Penkauski7Pine Grove Area
Caylee Pytko8Mahanoy Area
Journey Randolph5North Schuylkill
Abigail Rhode6Blue Mountain
Olivia Rudloff5Blue Mountain
Kaitlin Salonga5Blue Mountain
Gregory Stump8North Schuylkill

Alternates are:

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  • Maria Neifert, Assumption BVM
  • Christian Machamer, Blue Mountain
  • Callie Frie, Blue Mountain
  • Jackson Fischetti, Blue Mountain
  • Caleb Ulnitz, Tri-Valley
  • Brody Sunday, Pottsville Area
  • Aisha Ayasha Feliz, Mahanoy Area
  • Alexzander Miller, Mahanoy Area
  • Lyla Clay, Minersville Area
  • Ella Stump, North Schuylkill
  • Drew Wartman, North Schuylkill
  • Charlie Cuff, North Schuylkill
  • Owen Mentzer, North Schuylkill
  • Kessa Howell, Pine Grove Area
  • Izabelle Miller, Pine Grove Area
  • Emma Schwartz, Pine Grove Area
  • Ryland Freed, Schuylkill Haven Area
  • Mikayla Tippett, Schuylkill Haven Area
  • Adrian Turcinos, Shenandoah Valley
  • Jude Zimmerman, Tri-Valley

The Pronouncer for this year’s Spelling Bee is Charles Underwood. 

Dr. Nikki Andel, of Penn State University; Cynthia Mensch, of Alvernia University; and Devina Singh, a former National Spelling Bee competitor, will all serve as Judges. Karen Durkin is the Appeals Judge. 

Ashley Hess is serving as Recorder.

The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee gets a chance to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, D.C., during the week of May 26-31.

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