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18 Students from Southwest Utah Compete in the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee2 min read

From Clint Stephens, Southwest Educational Development Center

Cedar City, Utah – April 16, 2024 – Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) today announced that Savannah Paul from Washington School District has won the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee for students in grades 3-8. The competition was held on April 16, 2024 at the Iron County School District offices and featured 18 students from Beaver, Kane, Iron, Millard and Washington school districts, as well as students from Valley Academy Charter School in Hurricane, Utah. Kane and Valley Academy are a welcome new addition to this year’s competition.

Savannah Paul, from Pine View Middle School in Washington, correctly spelled the word “mimicking” in the 17th Round to win the championship. The first runner-up was Audrey Ayala, a Panorama Elementary student in Washington School District. She correctly spelled “dramatize” in the spell-off. The second runner-up was Hayes Holyoak from Delta Middle School. His last correct word was “toggle.”

“We are so proud of Savannah for winning the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee,” said Clint Stephens, the Regional Bee Coordinator at SEDC. “This is a great accomplishment, and we know that Savannah will continue to do great things in the future.”

The SEDC Regional Spelling Bee is an annual competition that is open to students in grades 3-8 from our member school districts and charter schools in southwest Utah. The competition is designed to promote literacy and academic achievement among students, and to provide a venue for students to showcase their talents in an arena outside of athletics. This year saw the most students compete from the most districts and charter schools in the history of our bee.

“We are grateful to all of the students who participated in the SEDC Regional Spelling Bee,” said Clint Stephens. “We also want to thank the teachers, parents, and administrators who helped to make this event possible.”

About Southwest Educational Development Center

SEDC is one of four Regional Educational Service Agencies in Utah. We provide services requested by our member schools in order to better serve the students in southwest Utah. The Mission of the Southwest Educational Development Center is to meet the needs of students and teachers, promote achievement, and provide for economy and efficiency in the cooperative delivery of educational services that are identified and requested by member schools.

If you could not view this year’s bee in person or from our live stream, you can watch the recording here on YouTube.

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