Top spellers to compete in state championships


Colusa County’s top elementary and junior high school spellers squared off in March, and the top two students in each level will advance to represent Colusa County in California State Spelling Championships in May.

The Colusa County Elementary Spelling Contest was held on March 6, 2018.  Daisy Medina, a 6th grade student at Williams Upper Elementary School took first place, and Elena Anderson, a 6th grade student at Johnson Junior High School was runner-up.  Daisy won the event after 16 rounds, and her winning word was “loquacious.”  The word that sent Elena to second place was “conscientious.”  Students from five schools in three districts participated in the event, which advanced both Daisy and Elena to the State Elementary Spelling Championship, on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in Stockton.

The Colusa County Junior High School Spelling Contest was held on March 9, 2018, as part of the George T. Egling Middle School, school-wide spelling competition.  During this event, Alexis Avera, a 7th grade student at Egling, won the school-wide event and ultimately a place on the team to represent Colusa County in the State Junior High Spelling Championship on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael.  Ethan Lay, an 8th grade student at Egling, took second place for junior high students, and he is set to join Alexis at the State competition.

Both competitions are official qualifying events for the State Junior High and Elementary Spelling Championships.  The elementary contest was emceed by Colusa County Superintendent of Schools, Michael West and moderated by Colusa County Board of Education Trustee, Ed Conrado.  The junior high contest was emceed by Egling Middle School Principal, Jody Johnston, and was also moderated by Mr. Conrado.

The public is invited to attend both State spelling competitions.  For further information, contact Tina Maxwell at 458-0350, ext. 10354, or■