Orthography season: MdCV picks spelling champs to vie for title at county bee

MdCV champion spellers for 2020 are Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, and runner-up Emily Criqui, fourth grade.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, Marais des Cygnes Valley Schools held its annual local spelling bee. Each class from fourth to eighth grades was represented by four of their best spellers. It was a hard battle, but after six rounds, it was down to two final spellers, Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, and Emily Criqui, fourth grade. After three rounds of head to head competition, Olivia ended victorious spelling the word “design” correctly. Both Olivia and Emily will represent MdCV at the Osage County Spelling Bee, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Osage City.

2020 MdCV Spelling Bee participants, front from left, Landen Reed, Dalton Lingenfelter, Christian Raegan, Mady Rose, Amelia Arb, Cale Woodson, Harper Melton, and Emily Criqui, middle, Maddie Farris, Evie Stephens, Destiny Moore, Catayah Thompson, Kate Patterson, Carter Graves, Sam Goddard, Colten Woodson, back, Bri Huffman, Mason Rose, Haylea Bethell, and Olivia Lacey.

Photos and information thanks to Lisa Reeser.

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