GISD announces 2021 spelling bee winners

5th-8th grade championship winners: from left, Emerson Bodzick, Levi Ridley, Joshua Tewolde. Photos provided

5th-8th grade championship winners: from left, Emerson Bodzick, Levi Ridley, Joshua Tewolde. Photos provided

FLINT — The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) has announced the participants and winners of the 2021 Countywide Spelling Bee.

COVID-19 presented some challenges this year, however leaders decided to move forward with the Spelling Bee this month including the schools that were in session. This year, 87 students from schools across Genesee County put their spelling skills to the test.

Each student who placed in the top three of the Regional Spelling Bees received a medal along with a Barnes & Noble gift card. Students who placed in the top three of the Championship Spelling Bee (one for grades 5-8 and another for grades 9-12) each received a plaque and a gift card. First place winners of the championship divisions (5th-8th grades and 9th-12th grades) get to take the traveling trophy back to their school where it will be on display for the next year.

GISD congratulates all the students who participated in the Spelling Bee this year. Below are the names of the top 2021 Countywide Spelling Bee Championship winners followed by those who placed in their division.

9th-12th grade championship winners: from left, Alexander Lang, Micah Helzerman, Isabelle Scherbovich.

9th-12th grade championship winners: from left, Alexander Lang, Micah Helzerman, Isabelle Scherbovich.

5th-8th Grade Championship winners: 1st Place – Levi Ridley, Clio; 2nd Place – Emerson Bodzick, Flushing; and 3rd Place – Joshua Tewolde, Grand Blanc.

9th – 12th Grade Championship winners: 1st Place – Isabelle Scherbovich, Lake Fenton; 2nd Place – Micah Helzerman, Mt. Morris; and 3rd Place – Alexander Lang, Flushing.

Grade 4: 1st – Rahaf Aljayyousi, Genesee Academy; 2nd – Easton Pettingill, Clio; and 3rd – Lilah Hudkins, Flushing.

Grade 5: 1st – Maxwell Lang, Flushing; 2nd – Vander Ridley, Clio; and 3rd – Oluwafemi Almaroof, Genesee Academy.

Grade 6: 1st – Abagail Schlosser, Clio; 2nd – Ahmed Margni, Genesee Academy; and 3rd – Molly Craft, Clio.

Grade 7: 1st – Mohamad Hashem, Genesee Academy; 2nd – Emerson Bodzick, Flushing; and 3rd – Brodie Licata, Lake Fenton.

Grade 8: 1st – Levi Ridley, Clio; 2nd – Joshua Tewolde, Grand Blanc; and 3rd – Molly McNamara, Flushing.

Grade 9: 1st – Isabelle Scherbovich, Lake Fenton; 2nd – Bryce Goodman, Mt. Morris; and 3rd – Kaylee Kring, Mt. Morris.

Grade 10: 1st – Isabella Severn, Mt. Morris; 2nd – Alexander Lang, Flushing; and 3rd – Jalon Bird, Lake Fenton.

Grade 11: 1st – Kaden Bredow, Mt. Morris; 2nd – Jamison Chenett, Lake Fenton; and 3rd – Jerall Barnett, Flushing.

Grade 12: 1st – Micah Helzerman, Mt. Morris; 2nd – Faith Daniels, Mt. Morris; and 3rd – Reagan Harris, Lake Fenton.