Hillcrest Middle School is the home of the winners of both the elementary and junior high school Sonoma County spelling bees held earlier this week.

The county spelling bee includes fourth, fifth and sixth grade spellers in the elementary division and seventh, eighth and ninth graders in the junior high division. Hillcrest Middle in Sebastopol serves grades six, seven and eight.

Kira Kelley, a sixth grader at Hillcrest, won the elementary division by spelling oscillate and then scrupulous for the win. Twenty students participated in the contest and had to have won their school or regional contests to compete for the county crown.

Eighth grader Brian Hanaway won the junior high contest by spelling laryngitis correctly and then spelling anonymous for the win. Thirty-six students competed in the event.

The top two spellers in each competition are eligible to advance to the state competition for their grade level. The state elementary contest will be on April 26 in Stockton and the junior high championships are in San Rafael on May 3.

The following list was provided by the Sonoma County Office of Education:


Sonoma County Elementary Spelling Championship, March 31, 2014

Place Student School

1 Kira Kelley Hillcrest Middle School

2 Madeleine Dibene Jack London School

3 Stephen Rakoski Brooks Elementary School

4 Alessi Beeson Alexander Valley School

5 Connor Kelley Hillcrest Middle School

6 Cassandra Wright McKinley School

7 Natalie Sandoval The Presentation School

8 Belle Ehrmantraut Lawrence E. Jones Middle School

9 Will Hite Meadow School

10 Alex Chui Douglas L. Whited School

11 Alexandra Margand Grant School

12 Maggie Opel Douglas L. Whited School

13 Elizabeth Santana Brook Hill School

14 Victoria Nguyen Hidden Valley School

15 Rylan DeCoite Spring Creek Matanzas Charter School

16 Matthew Candau Gravenstein Elementary School

17 Lilya Ming Salmon Creek: A Charter School

18 Annabel Dane Thomas Page Academy

19 Bella Braga Penngrove School

20 Joana Rincon Healdsburg Junior High School


Sonoma County Junior High Spelling Championship, April 1, 2014

Place Student School

1 Brian Hanaway Hillcrest Middle School

2 Khyren Cox Altimira Middle School

3 Henry Nicholson Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Charter School

4 Zach Hejl Herbert Slater Middle School

5 Asher Garland St. Luke Lutheran Elementary School

6 Nick Alexander Sonoma Country Day School

7 Hannah Bireschi Washington School

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8 Jen Collier Rincon Valley Charter School

9 Fiona Hynes Brook Haven School

10 Maxwell Edwards Orchard View Charter School

11 Ian Kraybill Salmon Creek: A Charter School

12 Zachary McGunagle Harvest Christian School

13 Cayden Lehr Windsor Christian Academy

14 Jasmine Flores Roseland Accelerated Middle School

15 Carolina Botello Healdsburg Junior High School

16 Jade Doyle Forestville Academy

17 Aria Hornback Twin Hills Middle School

18 Faith Brown Altimira Middle School

19 Suhas Nagapala Herbert Slater Middle School

20 Destyne Thipthammavong Wright Charter School

21 Julia Nicholson Mary Collins at Cherry Valley Charter School

22 Julianna Ferguson Hillcrest Middle School

23 Nahani Littlesun Brook Haven School

24 Julian Huang The Healdsburg School

25 Clayton Nelson Twin Hills Middle School

26 Trier Flaig Orchard View Charter School

27 Ronnie Allen Sonoma Country Day School

28 Itzel Benitez Roseland Accelerated Middle School

29 Carlin Hittenmiller Guerneville School

30 Courtney McDowell Windsor Christian Academy

31 Lluvia Gomez Roseland Collegiate Prep

32 Gianna Louis-Jacques Roseland Collegiate Prep

33 Enrique Torres Healdsburg Junior High School

34 Otis Judy Salmon Creek: A Charter School

35 Kevin Bowes Thomas Page Academy

36 Grace Remillard Guerneville School