GISD announces winners of 2020 Spelling Bee

5-8 Grade Champions (l-r): Hashem Jafari, Aaron Pierce, Aston Black Photos provided

5-8 Grade Champions (l-r): Hashem Jafari, Aaron Pierce, Aston Black Photos provided

FLINT — The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) has announced the winners of the 2020 Countywide Spelling Bee.

The competition was held in March. This year, 282 students from schools across Genesee County put their spelling skills to the test with 24 of those students going on to compete in the Champion of Champions Bee. The top three spellers from each grade level faced off (grades 5-8 and grades 9-12) with the winners taking a trophy back to their school to be on display for a year.

Below are the names of the top 2020 Spelling Bee Championship Winners and those who placed in their division:

5th – 8th Grade Championship Winners – 1st Place: Aaron Pierce, Flushing; 2nd Place: Michael Benko, Flushing; 3rd Place: Kaden Bredow, Mt.Morris

9th – 12th Grade Championship Winners – 1st Place: Lily Zuber; 2nd Place: Aston Black, Mt. Morris; 3rd Place: Hashem Jafari, Genesee Academy.

9-12 Grade Champions (l-r): Michael Benko, Lily Zuber, Kaden Bredow

9-12 Grade Champions (l-r): Michael Benko, Lily Zuber, Kaden Bredow

Grade Level Winners Grade 4 winners: 1st Place: Liam Ngo, Grand Blanc; 2nd Place: Amelia Mahon, Goodrich; 3rd Place MJ Sanborn, Grand Blanc. Grade 5 winners: 1st Place: Cassidy Odom Westwood Heights; 2nd Place: Hady Alouh, Genesee Academy; 3rd Place: Andrew Yuschak, Goodrich. Grade 6 winners: 1st Place: Hashem Jafari, Genesee Academy; 2nd Place: Aaron Pierce, Flushing; Sophie Wetherell, Clio. Grade 7 winners: 1st Place: Carter Reynolds, Woodland Park Academy; 2nd Place: Aston Black, Mt. Morris; 3rd Place: Jia Patel, Grand Blanc; Grade 8 winners: 1st Place: Lily Urugdy, Goodrich; 2nd Place: Jaime Piazza, St. John Vianney; 3rd Place: Aysia Golden, Carman-Ainsworth. Grade 9 winners: 1st Place: Tonicia Burton, Mt. Morris; 2nd Place: Alex Long, Flushing; 3rd Place: Isabella Severn, Mt. Morris. Grade 10 winners: 1st Place: Danielle Valliere, Bentley; 2nd Place: Ryan Bendle, Mt. Morris; 3rd Place: Kaden Bredow, Mt. Morris. Grade 11 winners: 1st Place: Michael Benko, Flushing; 2nd Place: Micah Helzerman, Mt. Morris; 3rd Place: Mousaab Jafari, Carman-Ainsworth. Grade 12 winners: 1st Place: John Dunavan, Mt. Morris; 2nd Place: Lily Zuber, Flushing; 3rd Place: Allie Hathaway, Lake Fenton. — G.G.