Winners are crowned in annual Kane Spelling Bee
KANE – It took more than two hours Wednesday to crown the champions in the second annual Spelling Bee at the Kane Middle School auditorium.Matt Johnson, a fifth-grader from the Johnsonburg Elementary School, took first place in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.Bobby Rumcik, a third-grader in the Kane Elementary School, won the division for second and third-grade students. He won the same division last year as a second-grader.Lindsey Kocjancic, a fifth-grade student in Johnsonburg, finished second in the division for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students.Heidi Tarnaski, a third-grader in Kane, was the runner-up in the second and third-grade division.A total of 66 students took part in the Spelling Bee in the auditorium packed with parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives of the contestants.Mary Filjones, the "enrichment teacher" for the Kane Area School District, served as chairman of the Spelling Bee. This year, the Johnsonburg Elementary School was invited to participate and sent 24 students to the Spelling Bee. The other 42 contestants are students in Kane.Julie Boyer and Julie Wismar, teachers at the Kane Elementary School, served as judges and time-keepers along with school librarian Ginny Coppersmith.Dillon Mattis, a freshman at Kane Area High School, served as the moderator. He ran through a prepared list of spelling words for the contestants, who were seated on stage. Pick up a copy of the Thursday, April 19, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.