St. Joseph School conducted spelling bees for the 3rd-8th grades on November 16-18. They determined who will compete in the Faulkner County Bee next year. Fourth grader Max Longing won 1st Place in the 3rd and 4th Grade Division by correctly spelling "superlative." He received a trophy and $40 cash prize. Third grader Kayden Kordsmeier placed Second. He also won a trophy and $20 in cash. Fourth grader Joshua Trantina came in Third. He will serve as an alternate in the Faulkner County Bee should either of the others be unable to participate.
Sixth grader Ashleigh Mallett spelled "Iroquois" for 1st Place in the 5th and 6th Grade Bee. She too earned a trophy and a cash prize. Ashleigh won the Faulkner County Bee in 2015. Sixth graders Olivia Pasierb and Ashlyn Cleary were 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The 7th and 8th Grade Bee was won by 7th grader Caleb Mallett. His winning word was "abbreviate." Second and Third Place went to 7th graders Gus Longing and Mary Alex Lieblong. All the spellers received ribbons for their participation. The trophies, ribbons and cash awards were underwritten by the St. Joseph School graduating Class of 1967. The Faulkner County Spelling Bee will start at 9:00 a.m. on February 6 in the James H. Clark Auditorium at Conway High School.