During the Tuesday, April 11 Jackson City Schools Board of Education meeting, Southview Elementary School Principal Phil Kuhn was pleased to introduce two Jackson students who recently represented the district at the Regional leg of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Kuhn explained, each year around Thanksgiving, the district holds the local portion of the Scripps Spelling Bee, where the top finishers from each of Jackson's schools are able to take an online test to see if they qualify for the Regional competition. Prior to this year, no Jackson student had ever qualified for this.
However, this time around, 7th-grader Chris Hughes and Southview 5th-grader Luke Davis both qualified and participated in the Regional spelling competition, which was held at Ohio University in Athens. Though the young men did not advance onto the National stage in Washington, D.C., Kuhn said they did very well, and that he was proud to see Jackson City Schools being represented.
Board member Alyce Smith, who previously served as the district's longtime spelling bee pronouncer, presented Hughes and Davis with certificates honoring their respective achievements. Davis ended up taking home 8th-place honors at the Regional level, while Hughes finished in 14th place.