Students from Three Counties Win Annual Spelling Contests

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More than 35 students from three counties participated in the Annual Spelling Contest sponsored by the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) earlier this month. Students from Morrow, Umatilla and Union counties participated on May 8 at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. The IMESD sponsors the spelling contests each year.  

The students who competed in the county competitions had already won a spelling contest in their division at their schools. There are three divisions: Division 1 (1st-5th grades), Division 2 (6th-8th grades) and Division 3 (9th-12th grades).

At the county contests, students took a 35-word written test. First through third places were selected in each of the three divisions. An awards ceremony immediately followed, with winners receiving medals. The first place winner from each division is invited to participate in the state competition, which occurs on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend in Salem at the Oregon State Fair.

“IMESD is pleased to congratulate all of our spelling contest winners and would like to thank all the students who devoted time to compete this year,” said Lizette Berryessa, IMESD spelling contest coordinator.

For more information about the spelling contest, contact Berryessa at 541-966-3126 or

Here is a list the winners.

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