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Press release

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Fontana is pleased to announce that Rose Bracken from Home Street Middle School won first place in the Inyo County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Altrusa. (Rose also won in 2016 and 2017).

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Twenty-eight students from local elementary and middle schools participated in the 2017-18 countywide Spelling Bee at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.  Eighteen students made it to the final rounds. The winners of the competition were:

1st Place Rose Bracken (7th) Home Street Middle School

2nd Place Cooper Bear (5th) Bishop Elementary

3rd Place Lyndsey Rowan (8th) Home Street Middle School

After much fierce competition with words like zabaglione, lachrymator, and matronymic, the winning word was: preemptive.


Dr. Lisa Fontana congratulating the students present to receive the “Last Person Standing” Award

The spelling contestants included: Lauren Loy, Miles McPhee, Chayton Patterson, and Noelani In the Woods from Big Pine; Cooper Beard, Rose Bracken, Bryce Cokeley, Brandon Gardea, and Lyndsey Rowan from Bishop Schools, Ayden Baker, Kaedyn Hilliard, Jaqueline Luque, Sabino Palestino, and Paul Rodriguez from Lone Pine; Amayrani Avalos, Marlene Castro, Alejandra Gonzalez, Orion Nash, and Noah Reade from Owens Valley; Rylee Arcularius, Jodie Bedore, Elizabeth Ellsworth, Greg Tordoff, and Claire Vetter from Round Valley.  Several students also joined the preliminary competition as alternates to get practice for next year: Wesley Torix from Lo-Inyo, Robin Linse from Bishop, Emma Gonzalez from Owens Valley, and Alyssa Bucholz from Round Valley.

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r. Lisa Fontana, Lyndsey Rowan, Cooper Beard, Rose Bracken, and Sarah Sheehan.


Thank you to coaches Lauren Zierer, Meghan Fuchs, Carmen London, Victoria Hamilton, Sarah Fogarty, Liz Jones, Gemma Arana, and Rory Winzenread for working with their students to prepare them for the bee.

The local Altrusa chapter sponsored the competition. They brought cash prizes and trophies for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, along with $10 gift cards to Range and River Books for all participants.

Tina Cocherell, Sarah Sheehan, and Vicka Stout were on hand to distribute awards to students and judge the competition.  Lynne Almeida along with Adrian Munoz graciously accepted the position as the Pronouncer for this year’s competition. The Round Valley PTO donated $20 to the “last person standing” from each of the five districts competing.  The recipients of those awards were:

Noelani In the Woods – Big Pine

Bryce Cokeley – Bishop

Paul Rodriguez – Lone Pine

Noah Reade – Owens Valley

Jodie Bedore – Round Valley

Representing Inyo County at the Elementary State Bee in May will be Cooper Beard and Noah Reade. Rose Bracken and Lyndsey Rowan will represent Inyo county at the Junior High State Bee in May.  Congratulations to all the student participants!



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