Indian Creek spelling champ

Linsay Zifzal, an eighth grader at Indian Creek Middle School, placed first in the Indian Creek District Spelling Bee held Tuesday at ICMS. Zifzal won by correctly spelling “hundredth” — in arithmetic, a hundredth is a single part of something that has been divided equally into a hundred parts, in round 19. Zifzal and Charity Glista, a seventh grader at ICMS, battled it out for the top spot for 10 rounds before Zifzal took the title. Others moving to the next round include, from left, Zifzal; Glista; ICMS sixth grader Melia Lane; ICMS seventh grader Mason Scharfenburg; ICMS eighth grader Emma Morrison; ICMS sixth grader Brennan Monroe; ICMS sixth grader Kaitlyn Kakascik; and ICMS fifth grader Abigail Dennisalong with the two alternates ICMS sixth grader Shiloah Connell and ICMS fifth grader Nicolette Richards. The top eight spellers and two alternates will advance to the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee presented by the Herald-Star at 11 a.m. on March 9 at the Buckeye North Elementary School in Brilliant.

— Amy Neeley