Arapahoe hosts annual spelling bee
“Transect, T-R-A-N-S-E-C-T, Transect.” That was the winning word in the annual Furnas County Scripps Spelling Bee held at the Ella Missing Community Center in Arapahoe on Wednesday, February 18th.
Emily Donovan of Southern Valley spelled the winning word correctly in the twelfth round to become the Furnas County representative in Omaha on March 14th.
Approximately 40 students from Southern Valley, Cambridge, and Arapahoe participated in the written round of the spelling bee. Each student had to write out 50 words. Some of the words used in the written round included: Flambé, Jettison, Dromedary, abysmal, Firmament, and guffaw.
At the end of the round, the top 10 spellers were picked to move on to the oral round. Arapahoe student Leslie Hillman won the top spot in the written spot. The top ten finishers were:
Leslie Hillman – Arapahoe
Juliana Hampton – Cambridge
Shane Horwart –Cambridge
Bobby Evans – Cambridge
Karinne Jurey – Cambridge
Emily Donovan – Southern Valley
Abbie Andrews – Cambridge
Mariah Watson – Arapahoe
Olivia Taylor – Cambridge
Colton Hearn – Arapahoe
In the first round of oral competition, two students were eli-minated. Round four claimed three students as well. The word that tripped up Shane Horwart in round 11 was knavery.
The placing of the oral round was:
2- Shane Horwart
3- Abbie Andrews
4- Karinne Jurey
5- Juliana Hampton
6- Mariah Watson
7- Bobby Evans
8- Colton Hearn
9 – Olivia Taylor
10- Leslie Hillman
The winner of the Omaha competition will represent Nebraska in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. starting on May 24th.
Furnas County Livestock Assoc. banquet
The Furnas County Livestock Association’s banquet will be held on Saturday, February 28th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge High School.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Fun Pianos! by 176 Keys. This group has been touring for 11 years and have performed at seven official Husker Huddle pre-game tailgate parties for Husker road games, the Gator Bowl, the Super Bowl and for s special after-party for hte Team Jack fundraising gala in Lincoln. Their performance is a lot of comedy and interaction over rock and and country music. No matter your age, if you like to laugh, you’ll have a good time.
Members of the Furnas County Livestock Association directors are Chuck Eubanks, David Becker, Bruce Blickenstaff, Jason Houghtelling, Mike Huxoll, Bart Deterding, Bill Weaver and Cory Tegetman.