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2024 District Spelling Bee

Southern Local held their District Spelling Bee on February 7. Sixteen spellers from grades 5 through 8 competed for the honor to attend the County Spelling Bee. The County Spelling Bee will be held March 2 at Beaver Local.

It took 9(nine) rounds to determine the winners. Round 5 (five), Gemma Jackson and Delaney Beadnell had a spell off to determine who would be the 3rd place winner. Delaney correctly spelled her word to become the 3rd place winner. Addysin Andrenok and Emerson Gotschall competed to determine who would be 1st and 2nd place winners. The 9th Round, Addysin misspelled her word. Emerson correctly spelled dispersal. She correctly spelled lavish to claim the 1st place winner. 

Congratulations to all participants!

2024 Spelling Bee participants

Row 1 (L-R): Delaney Beadnell, Emerson Gotschall, Addysin Andrenok 

Row 2 (L-R): Maddie Rhodes, Emma Boyle, Katie Kellogg, Kalayah Crute

Row 3 (L-R): Gemma Jackson, Brooke Akers, Brooklyn Glosser, Jaymen Maines

Row 4 (L-R): Hailey Pitts, Ava Paxson, Patricia Smith, Sophie Pierson,  Madalyn Smith

2024 Spelling Bee winners

Pictured left to right: 

Delaney Beadnell (3rd Place), Emerson Gotschall (1st Place), Addysin Andrenok (2nd Place)

2023-2024 Robotic Teams

Group Picture

2023 - 2024 Robotic Team Group picture

Row 1 (L to R): Coach K. Marquis, Jacob Crawford, Dylan Davis, Blake Vernon, Lydia Tsesmilles, Eva Weston, Sadie Plunkett

Row 2 (L to R): Christian Johnson, Logan Swick, Jacob Hickman, Payten Crooms, Aaliyah Crooms, Brooke Akers

Row 3 (L to R): Ashtin Pearson, Liam Potts, Grant Ute, Brooklynn Glosser, Jase Owens, Jonathan Akers, Coach J. Pierce

Row 4 (L to R): Layne Weston, Nate Forbes, Sylas Compton, Serenity Wallace, Piper Kellogg, Jason Gotschalk

Row 5 (L to R): Sophia Pierson, Caleb Laudrille, Carter Davis, Maci Ketchum, Savannah Bailey, Kolton Cole

Christmas Drive Through Parade

December 8, 2023

Winners of Home Fire Escape Plan Contest

During fire prevention week at Southern Local Elementary School the Highlandtown Volunteer Fire Department sponsored a Home Fire Plan Contest. Students in Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade were challenged to build a fire escape plan for their home.

The purpose of the plan was to make sure the students knew exactly what to do in the event of a fire within the home. Student escape plans were evaluated by members of the fire department and one winner was selected from each grade level. Each winner was picked up individually in the fire truck and brought to school where they were welcomed by their classmates, Mr. Jeremiah Cole who is the Fire Chief at Highlandtown drove the fire truck each day.

Kindergarten winner

Kindergarten winner, Kyla Blatch with her sister Kinzley Blatch and Fire Chief Jeremiah Cole

First Grade winner

 First Grade winner, Oliver Goddard with his cousin Jaxon Foster and Fire Chief Jeremiah Cole

Second Grade winner

Second Grade winner, Liam Crawford and Fire Chief Jeremiah Cole

2023 Fire Prevention Week
Salineville fire fighter Chad Bettis and junior fighter Callen Bettis show students the fire safety equipment fire fighters use when fighting a fire.
2023 Fire Safety Week
Fire Fighter Chad Bettis answer students' questions.
2023 Fire Safety Week
3rd graders get to use the fire hose to put out the house fire.
2023 Fire Safety Week
3rd graders use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
2023 Fire Prevention Week
Preschool gather in front of the fire truck for a class picture during Fire Prevention Week.
2023 Fire Safety Week
Pictured (L-R): Tate Wrask, Johnny McDevitt, Joseph Donaldson, Dakota Foster, Abigail Goddard, Annalise Garrett, Lydia Hill, McKenzie Nelson, Elliott Mostella, Violet Pitts
2023 Fire Safety Week
pictured (L-R): Jackson Ketchum, Kyla Blatch, Emma Parrish, Torren Allen, Nicole Kirby, Dylan Bartlett, Addison Thompson, Emery Johnson, Aubree, Kaliah Talbott, Eli Harris, Reagan Newlen, Brooklynn Tice, Kinsey Madden, Kinsey Sheville, Lideah Salisberry, Benny Terdina
2023 Fire Safety Week
Front Row (L-R): Gabriela Parrish, Brenley Cote, Liam Crawford, Karena Homewood, Paisley Madden, Mia Leggett, Ryder Cechura, Eli Compton
Back Row (L-R): Braxton Schmidt, Brayden Cigar, Robert Lily, Landon Smith, Ronan Conley, Brenden Taylor, Zach Ketchum, Tyler Barnhart, Remmi Rector, Jessilyn Sheville, Allie Cope, Miss Jones



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