The St. Johns County Spelling Bee was held January 17 at First Coast Technical College. Students in grades fifth through eighth from 33 public and private schools participated. The winner was Carly Miller, an eighth-grader from Switzerland Point Middle School and runner-up was Jackson Willis, an eighth-grader from Liberty Pines Academy. Both will advance to the regional bee in Jacksonville Saturday, March 9.
The pronouncer for the event was Linda Villadoniga, retired SJCSD teacher. Judges were Cheryl Freeman and Jay DiMartino, both SJCSD employees and Sandy Waldies, community representative.