Congratulations to Olivia Burton, the Ray-Pec District Spelling Champ! Olivia is an 8th grader at Ray-Pec South Middle School. Her winning word was "lunatic" in the 9th round of the bee. After a six-round spell-off between three spellers, Charis Gines, an 8th grader at Ray-Pec East Middle School, claimed runner-up after spelling the word "quiche." Charis was competing with Aiden Carver and Eli Mast for that second place spot.
The competition on Jan. 23 included 27 participants in grades 4-8. Olivia will represent Ray-Pec at the Cass County Spelling Bee on March 6. The winner of the county spelling bee receives a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.