Regional Knights of Columbus spelling bee winners advance

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The 1st and 2nd Place winners of the Knights of Columbus NW Region will compete March 10 at the state competition in Ames. Pictured are (from left) 4th Grade 1st Elliana Antonine, 2nd Kaci Campbell, 3rd Riley Meyer. 5th Grade 1st Brekken Packebush, 2nd Robbie Gerlock, 3rd Andrew Marhula. Standing (from left) 7th Grade 1st Emily Quanbeck, 2nd Gabby Van Wyk. 6th Grade 1st Douglas Nilles and 2nd Dante Menting. (Photo submitted)

Every year Iowa Knights of Columbus sponsors a Spelling Bee Contest to promote educational growth and development of youth. The Councils want to team up with schools (public, private, parochial, and home school) in the promotion of this educational activity. It was open to any youth in grades 4-7.

There were 18 youth advancing from local competition to the regional this year, which St Joseph Council of Milford hosted. There were participants entered in each grade level. There were over 80 people in attendance for the competition. Participants were: 4th Grade Hayden McHugh, Theresa Nilles, Elliana Antonine, Riley Meyer, Kosha Menting, Kaci Campbell, Peyton Bosch and Jennifer Resch. 5th Grade Rachel Besaw, Brekken Packebush, Elah Brouwer, Robbie Gerlock, Logan Sargent and Andrew Marhula. 6th Grade Douglas Nilles and Dante Menting. 7th Grade Gabby Van Wyk and Emily Quanbeck.

Places 1-3 receive a gold, silver or bronze medal respectively, acknowledging their placement of achievement. The 1st and 2nd place achievers advance Sunday, March 10 to the State Competition in Ames. The 3rd Place achiever serves as alternate for the state competition.

Much credit and thanks goes out to local councils and school staff for their cooperation and encouragement in the promotion of this educational activity. Also, thanks were extended to the moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas that attended and showed their support, encouragement and promotion for this type of educational activity.

The Knights of Columbus is an International Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael J. McGivney at St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Connecticut. The original intent was to provide welfare and security for families, during times of sickness and death, has grown so that last year, Knights donated more than 73 million hours of volunteer time and $175 million to charity. Our local Councils continue this mission here at home as well with state, national and worldwide projects of charity and service.

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