By EVAN REID
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Upper Peninsula Community Education Association Regional Spelling Bee was hosted by Iron Mountain-Kingsford Community Schools on Thursday evening.
Christy Glodowski from Kingsford, left, was the fifth grade champion in the UPCEA Regional Spelling Bee. The fifth grade runner-up was Isabella Clark from Kingsford.
Trevor Dapoz from Norway-Vulcan, left, was the sixth grade champion in the UPCEA Regional Spelling Bee. The sixth grade runner-up was Kaya Perron from Kingsford.
Molly Schultheis from Kingsford, left, was the seventh grade champion in the UPCEA Regional Spelling Bee. The seventh grade runner-up was Peyton Johnson from Bishop Baraga Catholic School.
Michael Kulas from Iron Mountain was the eighth grade champion in the UPCEA Regional Spelling Bee. The eighth grade runner-up was Inocencio Stankevick from Norway-Vulcan.
Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Iron Mountain, Kingsford, Norway-Vulcan, Forest Park, and North Dickinson area schools participated in the event. Each school was represented by two of its students in each grade category.
Christy Glodowski, a fifth grader at Breitung Township Schools, said she was nervous but had been studying hard in the days leading up to the competition.
Her dedication paid off when she took first place for spelling "ganglion" correctly. Christy will be advancing to the U.P. Spelling Bee Finals along with classmate Isabella Clark, who was the fifth grade runner-up.
Trevor Dapoz of Norway-Vulcan Area Schools became the first place winner in the sixth grade competition when he correctly spelled "peripety."
He anticipates receiving the word list for the U.P. Finals so he can begin preparing. Trevor will be joined by sixth grade runner-up Kaya Perron of Breitung Township Schools.
Molly Schultheis of Breitung Township Schools took first place in the seventh grade bee. Molly and seventh grade runner-up Peyton Johnson from Bishop Baraga Catholic School will both continue to the U.P. Finals.
Michael Kulas of Iron Mountain Schools was the first place winner in the eighth grade competition. The eighth grade runner-up was Inocencio Stankevick of Norway-Vulcan Area Schools. Both Michael and Inocencio will advance to the U.P. Finals.
The U.P. Spelling Bee Finals are scheduled for March. The fifth and sixth grade bees will be hosted by Westwood High School, and seventh and eighth graders will compete at Negaunee High School.
The U.P. Finals champion will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in Washington D.C. and will be aired on ESPN.
Evan Reid's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.