Grace Remmer, a seventh-grade home school student, won the 2012 St. Johns County School District Spelling Bee held today at the School Board Administration Building. She won by spelling the word “precipice” correctly. Grace is the daughter of Raymond and Jennifer Remmer of St. Augustine.
Twenty-nine elementary and middle school students from 25 public, one home school, and three private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in the Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee on February 18 at the Jacksonville Main Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Alex Luckau of Landrum Middle School will represent the county.
It took 25 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Members Bill Fehling and Bill Mignon, Superintendent Joseph Joyner, and Deputy Superintendent Martha Mickler.
Sports Radio 1420 AM broadcasted the spelling bee live and streamed it on their website at www.1420sports.com. Media Services also taped the event and will air it via Comcast SEA-TV Channel 99 next week.
The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to compete in the national spelling bee scheduled in May in Washington, D.C.
Laurie Hays, program specialist for elementary language arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Lyla Springfield, grants coordinator. Judges for the event were Sandy Waldeis of Catholic Charities; Adrienne Paone, secondary language arts/reading program specialist; and Jim Welu, retired director for student services.