Lydia Newton, an Old Kentucky Home Middle School eighth-grader, earned first place in the annual Nelson County Farm Bureau Spelling Bee Feb. 2 at the Nelson County Civic Center. Jagger Stone, a Cox’s Creek Elementary School fifth-grader, earned third place in the annual bee.
As the winner, Newton received $200, a first-place certificate and a school-winner certificate. She will advance to the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee at 11 a.m. on March 11 at the Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville. Stone received $50 and certificates.
Spelling bee contestants earned the right to compete in the county contest by first winning their school-level competition. Other Nelson County Schools winners included Savannah Greenwell, Bloomfield Elementary; Matthew Riley, Bloomfield Middle; Dylan Moreno, Boston School; and Anni Downs, Foster Heights Elementary. Kaitlyn DeWitt was selected as a winner for New Haven Middle School, but she didn’t attend the final spelling bee. Each school winner received a certificate at the end of the competition.
Eleven schools took part in the countywide bee including students from Nelson County, Bardstown City and three parochial schools.