The Bethalto Knights of Columbus recently sponsored the local level of competition for the 33rd Annual Spelling Bee at Our Lady Queen of Peace School. Selected seventh and eighth graders participated in the event.
Katelyn Maher, daughter of Patrick and Amy Maher, finished first. Emily Morin, daughter of Greg and Elinore Morin, placed second, and Frankie Grabowski, son of Joe and Anna Grabowski, finished third. Other participants in the event included Emily Berkenbile, Delaney Cain, Grace Costello, MaKayla Dale, Katie Hartsock, Ethan Kopsie, Allie Stacks, Kiera Stagner, and Andrew Wilson. Maria Lewis and Jenna Zacha were alternates. The top three finishers became eligible to participate in regional competition. Winners there will be eligible to go on to competition at the state level.
Caitlin Heitz served as the announcer, Becky DiPaolo and John Wagner were judges, and Mary Stacks was the spelling bee recorder. Tony DiPaolo presented certificates to all participants and plaques to the top three finalists at the end of the event.