County Spelling Bee to be held February 20 in Barbourville

Twenty two (22) students, representing Knox County’s public and private K-8 schools, will soon compete for the title of best speller in Knox County.  The winner will also represent the county at the annual Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee to be held this spring.  

The 2012 Knox County Spelling Bee will be held at 10am on Monday, February 20, at the Knox County Board of Education Annex in Barbourville.  Registration will be held from 9:30am to 9:55am. 

Students competing at the countywide spelling bee qualified after winning the title of best speller or runner-up at their school earlier this year.  The spelling bee is open to all students grades kindergarten through eighth.

Those qualifying for this year’s county spelling bee, and the schools they represent, are listed below:

School Participants
Barbourville Independent Ethan Blevins and Connor Frederick
Central Elementary Adrianna Brock and Kaitlyn Gray
Dewitt Elementary Corey Simpson and Malloree Walker
Flat Lick Elementary Joseph Hunter Bevins and Morgan Alyssa Gray
Girdler Elementary Madison Gibson and Matthew Hensley
GR Hampton Elementary Trey Carter and Tawney Nelson
Lay Elementary Mitchell Buchanan and Cara Mills
Lynn Camp Elementary Sarah Cox and Jayden Jones
Knox County Middle Will Hammons and Jesse Keyes
Lynn Camp Middle Tony Morris and Christian Pippin
St. Camillus Academy Trey Cima and Kyra Meece

The county winner will advance to the Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee to be held at the PNC Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on March 20th.

Judges for the Knox County Spelling Bee will be Harrison Davis, Nancy Hampton, and Sharon McDonald, former educators in the Knox County Schools.  Karl Wallhausser, English professor at Union College, will serve as the pronouncer.  Knox County Schools’ Public Relations Director Frank Shelton is coordinator.

The Knox County Board of Education is the primary sponsor of the annual county spelling bee and will provide 1st and 2nd place plaques to the top spellers and trophies to all participants.

The GFWC/KFWC Barbourville Junior Woman’s Study Club will provide lunch and refreshments for those in attendance, the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Knox County office (Scott Payne), will provide a gift for each participant.

This year’s bee will be broadcast live on WYWY 950 AM radio.  The bee will also be videotaped and shown on Knox County Schools’ TV-4, and posted online at, following the state spelling bee in March. 

For more information contact Frank Shelton, coordinator, at (606)546-8911.