Grace Schmidt takes fourth place

The best spellers in 76 competed in the Sunflower Spelling Bee, sponsored by ITC, Sunflower Electric and the Kansas Press Association, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Fort Hays State University. Hays, Kan.
95 students across Kansas were registered to compete in Saturday’s oral spell down, which included spelling and vocabulary.
This year’s Bee was a marathon of spellers – 31 rounds, the longest in the bees history according to long time judge, Jeanie Michaelis. In Round 31, Sukesh Kamesh, Grade 7 from Kingman County, correctly spelled his winning word – carboniferous. In an odd twist of events, that was not the first final round of this bee. It was the second. Each missed spelled winning round allowed Joy Lee, from Crawford County eighth grader to re-enter the competition.
Kamesh will represent Kansas in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Washington, DC in May of this year.  
2018 Sunflower Spelling Bee Results
First Place – Sukesh Kamesh, Kingman County
Second Place – Joy Lee, Crawford County
Third Place - Emma Holloway, Miami County, Jacob Mathew, Crawford County
Fourth Place – Grace Schmidt, Butler County
Fifth Place – Rishi Shetty, Johnson County
Sixth Place – Scott Recheck, Harvey County, Sabrina Wilson, Cowley County
Seventh Place – Jax Cornejo, Sumner County, Phillip Benjamin Thompson, Mitchell County