Wymore captures county’s top spelling honor against ‘horrendous’ competition

Judges and competitors who participated in the Osage County Senior Center’s spelling bee Thursday night gathered afterward for a group photo.

It was the fifth year for the annual Senior Spelling Bee, held at the Osage County Senior Center, and still no male has claimed the title of best speller in the county. Thursday night, the senior men in Osage County came closer to winning the contest though, as they took three of the top five spots.

This year’s top speller in the Osage County was Cindy Wymore, a first-time entrant. Wymore, of Osage City, couldn’t “camouflage” her spelling abilities, winning the competition on that word and taking home a first-place prize of a $40 gift card to use at Jerry’s Thriftway.


As part of her prize, Cindy Wymore receives a hug from judges Rebecca Sage and Josye Hutchcroft; competitor Anna Smith, seated.

“Congratulations to Cindy Wymore, our 2014 Senior Spelling Bee Champion,” said Byron Jordan, senior center director. “The competition was tremendous. Our hats go off to the three men who placed in the top five.”

Dave Azwell, Osage City, eliminated in the next to last round by misspelling “horrendous”, took second place.

The contest, judged by a group of fifth-graders from Lyndon Elementary-Middle School, drew 12 senior competitors who were eliminated one by one until Wymore claimed the title.

Contestants and words that tripped them up were: Marguerite Atchison, italicize; Loralie Shockelford, kiwi; Anna Smith, instinct; Pat Oelke, eerie; Chris Criner, necessary; David Azwell, horrendous, second place, $20 gift card for Pizza Hut; Tara Azwell, hippopotamus; Wayne White, entrepreneur, third place, $10 gift card for Dollar General; Daryl Edwards, enzyme, fourth place, two raffle tickets for a quilt; Deb Edwards, ravine; Rachael Hudson, governor, fifth place, one raffle ticket for a quilt.

“A huge thank you to the Lyndon Elementary fifth-graders who made up our judge panel,” Jordan said. “They did a wonderful job of announcing, defining, and putting into sentences some very difficult words for the bee.”

Fifth-grade judges, accompanied by their principal, Jennifer Hamlet, were Rebecca Sage, Jaeden Parker, Josye Hutchcroft, Darian Massey, Addyson Easter, and Dylan Buckalew.

“It was a very special night at the senior center,” Jordan said.

Competitors, judges and spectators enjoyed ice cream and cake after the competition.


Byron Jordan, senior spelling bee organizer, spells out the rules of the competition to contestants, judges and spectators.


Spelling bee judges from Lyndon Elementary-Middle School examine their word lists as the spelling bee is about to begin; LEMS Principal Jennifer Hamlet, right, assists.

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