The Iowa Knights of Columbus State Spelling Bee was held in Ames on Sunday March 8. Council 2230 hosted 55 students from grades 4-7 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. To qualify for the state competition, the students had to finish first or second at both their local spelling bee and their regional spelling bee.
Photographs show the top three finishers from each grade with their trophies, standing in the order of finish, from left to right
Following is the list of top finishers from each grade.
1st- Najat Bhuiyan, Cedar Falls 2nd- Jani Wilkinson, Cedar Falls 3rd- Gavin O'Dell, Monroe
1st- Claire Schaefer, Waterloo
2nd- Kyle Europa, Emmetsburg 3rd- Samhith Chilakamarri, Waukee 6th Grade 1st- Claire Schaefer, Waterloo 2nd- Aleesha Smith, Waterloo 3rd- Amitoj Chouhan, Johnston 7th Grade 1st- Britain Atkins, Cedar Falls 2nd- Jacob Suresh, West Des Moines 3rd- Douglas Nilles, Ashton