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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Ray-Pec 8th grader Miles Sellami wins Cass County Spelling Bee

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He's headed to Washington, D.C.! 

Ray-Pec East Middle School eighth grader and District spelling champion Miles Sellami won the Cass County Spelling Bee on March 13 to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Five spellers participated in the county Spelling Bee.  In the 15th round, Miles correctly spelled "wringing" to win. The runner-up was sixth-grader Audrey Coffey from Harrisonville. Rounds 8 to 14 were a competition between Miles and Audrey.

The other competitors were Leo Zheng, fifth grade, Belton School District; Sofia Dardour, fifth grade, Midway School District; and Sadie Lowry, third grade, Pleasant Hill School District.

As winner, Miles and a chaperone receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The prize includes airfare, lodging, meals, and a spending allowance. He also received a trophy and $50 Visa gift card from UMB Bank.

Audrey received a trophy and $25 gift card. The other spellers received a desk award.

Judges were Jeff Fletcher, Cass County Clerk; Steve Cheslik, Cass County Treasurer; and Jimmy Odom, Cass County Cass County Associate Commissioner. Joyce Webb, retired Library Media Specialist, was the pronouncer.

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