Sadowsky, Salazar make state bee

Two Hettinger students are heading to the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents State Spelling Bee at the end of March.

(Left to Right) Sidra Sadowsky (1st), Naomi Salazar (2nd), Bridger Hunter (3rd), Anna Havelka (4th). (Photo by Jaden Ragsdale/For the Record)

Two Hettinger students are heading to the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents State Spelling Bee at the end of March.

Sidra Sadowsky and Naomi Salazar placed first and second respectively at the annual Adams County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 22 in the AV room at Hettinger School. Placing third and fourth were Bridger Hunter and Anna Havelka. The top two finishers advance to the state competition.

Twenty-seven students in grades fifth through eight took part in the county bee. It started out with a 30-word written spelling test. Out of those scores, Hettinger English teacher Joey Erickson took the top seven performers from each grade to move on to the next step of the competition. It was a three part test: vocab, written, and oral. Erickson took each students’ cumulative score from the three parts and advanced the winners.

Erickson said she will supply the two winners (Sadowsky and Salazar), with a study packet to prepare for the state competition. The packets, she said, basically consists of words that were used in the state bee the prior year.

The state spelling bee is not divided into class A or B, it is one competition comprised of students from large and small schools, as well as students who learn at home.

The state spelling bee will be held Monday, March 20 in Bismarck.