The top three spellers from the district-wide spelling bees advanced to the regional competition. This was hosted at Green River High School on March 10. There were 14 students from grade fourth through eighth representing the Southeastern Utah districts.
The regional bee consisted of the top three spellers from Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties. This included Alexandra Bryner, Jethro Denton and Tyler Marx from Carbon, Jade Weyant and Jaivery Pitchforth from Emery and Jordan Broadhead and Ally Rojas from Pinnacle Canyon Academy. This year, Jocelyn Francom, a student from San Juan School District, triumphed and took the first-place honor.
She was joined by two Carbon School District students in second and third place. Aly Bryner from Mont Harmon Middle School earned second and Jethro Denton from Bruin Point Elementary took third.
Francom will continue her spelling journey, advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be hosted in Maryland at the Gaylord National Resort from May 29 to June 3.
“We would like to thank the school spelling bee coordinators, parents and administrators for supporting our regional bee,” said Johnny Boyack of the SESC. “A special thanks to Jessie Magleby, Head of Adult Services for Grand County Library, our spelling bee pronouncer and our SESC judges JoLynn Torgerson and Boyack.”