Three students of the Gillespie Community Unit School District brought home either a first or second place finish at the annual Regional Office of Education #40 spelling bee hosted at Carlinville Middle School on Friday, April 28.
Winning first place for Gillespie was Ellie Wilson, the daughter of Jimmy and Stephanie Wilson. Wilson is a fourth-grade student at Ben-Gil Elementary.
Bringing home a second place finish for Gillespie was Alexia Emelander and Colton Buletema. Emelander is a fifth grader at Ben-Gil Elementary and Bultema is a sixth grader at Gillespie Middle School.
Other top finishers around the county include:
- 4th grade: Ford Klocke (second place), Wolf Ridge Elementary
- 5th grade: Adrienne Meade (first place), Zion Lutheran
- 6th grade: Lacee Bramley (first place), Northwestern
- 7th grade: Natalie Pesavento (first place), Mt. Olive, and Makenna Wilkinson (second place), Bunker Hill
- 8th grade: John Mize III (first place), Wolf Ridge Elementary and Tori Hartson (second place), Carlinville Middle School