Amanda Podbelsek, daughter of Dan and
Ann Podbelsek, was this year's winner. Amanda is in the eighth
grade at Lincoln Zion Lutheran School. She won the spelling bee by
correctly spelling the word "blunderbuss." Brandon Endres, son of
Greg and Peggy Morrow and an eighth-grade student at Carroll
Catholic School, was the first runner-up. Emily Bobell, an
eighth-grader at Elkhart Elementary, was second runner-up. Emily
is the daughter of Bob and Sharon Foley.
Mary McKeeth from the Normal Public
Library was the pronouncer. Jean Anderson, regional superintendent
of schools, presented the winner with a trophy and presented each
of the three finalists with a new dictionary.
young people will represent Logan County at the Pantagraph
Spelling Bee March 13 at Illinois Wesleyan University in
[News release and picture
provided by Sandy Blane]