BLMS SPELLING BEE PARTICIPANTS are Gabby Klinkenborg, Allison Dinsmore, Ashton Warnke, Ethan Cypull, Joey Stowell, Cassie Walsh, Allie Heltemes, Alex White, McKaylee Snyder, John Haynes, Aaron Williams, Taylor Amundson, Vicente De Lorenzo, Ben Ewert, Caden Weber, Connor Roberts. Justin Tolkkinen, Lauren Rufcorn, Kamryn Robarge, Emma Pace, Eli Flicker, Joey Kneeland, Andrew Pederson and Sidney Kosch.

Cassidy takes top honors in local spelling contest

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Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Middle School spelling bee pitted 24 students against each other to see who is the best speller in school last Thursday evening.
The winner was seventh grader Cassidy Walsh, who participated in the spelling bee last year as a sixth grader.
“It was fun,” Cassidy said.
Second place went to Allie Heltemes. Third place winner was Alex White. The three will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee at Resource Training and Solutions in St. Cloud Thursday, Feb. 13, for the next round of competition.
Head official of the bee was Bridget Eisinger. Pronouncer was Alison Seth.
Seth encouraged the students to ask for definitions, word origins and use in a sentence to help them figure out the correct spelling of certain words.
Head judge was Ann Segner. Other judges and officials were Paula Brady, Kaley Flynn, Danielle Butler and Beth Schultz.
The bee went 10 rounds before Walsh was declared the winner after contestants were asked to spell words like feldspar, animosity, Siberian, dafodil and huckster.
Other contestants were Gabby Klinkenborg, Allison Dinsmore, Ashton Warnke, Ethan Cypull, Joey Stowell, McKaylee Snyder, John Haynes, Aaron Williams, Taylor Amundson, Vicente De Lorenzo, Ben Ewert, Caden Weber, Connor Roberts. Justin Tolkkinen, Lauren Rufcorn, Kamryn Robarge, Emma Pace, Eli Flicker, Joey Kneeland, Andrew Pederson and Sidney Kosch.

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Phyllis G. Monson

THE TEEN BAND PLATYPUS will perform at the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce annual Block Party at McPete’s Sept. 6.

NO LEFT TURNS ALLOWED exiting from Big Lake High School property onto Eagle Lake Road when school starts up in September. The new rule is to alleviate congestion and and is part of the county plan which changed traffic lane configurations. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Pictured from left to right are scholarship winners Jordyn Edling, Madi VanHorsen, and Breanna Cornwell volunteering to sell ducks for Monticello’s Riverfest celebration. (Submitted photo.)