After 10 rounds, eighth-grader Hannah Hegedus (pictured at right) was named Champion of the 2014 Hemphill County Spelling Bee held Friday afternoon, February 8, at the Texas Crown Performance Hall. Sixth-grader Alisha Oberoi (pictured below) was the Runner-Up. It was a repeat performance for Hannah Hegedus as she was the 2013 Spelling Bee Champion.
Alisha Oberoi went out on the word, “lanai.” Hannah went on to spell “pontiff” and “nigh” to win the title. Hannah is the daughter of Kevin and Mandie Flowers and Alisha is the daughter of Roy and Angela Oberoi.
Thirty-seven students from third through eighth grade participated: Canadian Middle School students were Kobie Milburn, Lily Smith, Lauren Ridens, Hannah Hegedus, Alisha Oberoi, Josue Gandaras, Rafael Arellanes, Berrian Lopez and Dissy Vargas; Baker Middle School students were: third graders, Berkleigh Baileys, Karla Blanco, Harrison Hughs, Melanie Mendoza, Peyton Stiles, Jaxtyn Valenzuela, Saira Moreno, Moraima Morales, Makya Murray and Everett Cook; fourth graders, Kailey Witt, Jes Vigil, Will Hayes, Ben Lopez, Ashlynn Critser, Merissa Jimenez, Luke Ford, Oscar Navarro, Shaylee Hill and Maude Culwell; fifth graders, Joshua Culwell, Landon Smith, Alan Jara, Angel J. Garcia, Lane Hedgecoke, Alan Santoyo, Maddie Spence and Lexia Lybrand.
JJ Cullender and Jenny Brown were in charge of the Hemphill County Spelling Bee. The event was sponsored by Amarillo Globe-News and Hemphill County Commissioners Court. Rosemary Koetting served as the pronouncer. The judges were Penny Meek, Kayla Gregg and Debbie Yarnold. The county commissioners provided the entry fee and prizes. The winners received gift cards.
The Spelling Bee Champion will go on to represent Hemphill County at the Regional Spelling Bee scheduled for March 1 at Region 16.