The best speller in Washington County will be discovered tonight as the 59th Annual Washington County Spelling Bee begins tonight (Tuesday)  Krause Elementary School.

Twenty-four of Washington County’s top spellers will be vying for the crown of the county’s best speller and a spot in the next round of competition.  The top 3 spellers from the local bee will advance on to the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held in Brenham sometime in February.

The top three finishers will also each receive a cash prize, provided by AM-1280 KWHI.


This year’s spellers include:

Alton Elementary

Ella Andrejczak, 2nd grade, Parents: Paul and Yvette Andrejczak

Micah Andrejczak, 4th grade, Parents: Paul and Yvette Andrejczak

Amir Johnson, 4th grade, Grandparent: Dorothy Fontenot

Alternate: Destiny Sewell, 4th grade, Parent: Cheryl Ross


Brenham Elementary

Quinn Bosse, 3rd grade, Parents: Robert and Kim Bosse

Alexis Maya, 3rd grade, Parents: Arturo and Leslie Maya

Tre’vieon Phillips, 4th grade, Parent: Ruby Lang

Alternate: Kameron Stolz, 3rd grade, Parents: Jeff and Amanda Stolz


Krause Elementary

Thinh Le, 4th grade, Parents: Ngocnhung Tran and Tho Le

Ella Pieper, 4th grade, Parents: Neal and Kristy Pieper

Kelsey Zientek, 4th grade, Parents: Patrick and Sandra Zientek

Alternate:  Robin Aguilar, 4th grade, Parents: Rob and Jana Aguilar



Brenham Middle School

Emily Fuller, 6th grade, Parents: Robbie and Nicole Fuller

Emma Prewitt, 6th grade, Parents: Billy and Lori Prewitt

Gabi Workman, 6th grade, Parents: Gregg and Elisa Workman

Alternate: Julie Hargrove, 6th grade, Parents: Luis and Abigail Guerrero



Brenham Junior High School

Lindsey Blackburn, 7th grade, Parents: Greg and Leanne Blackburn

HarLi Lewman, 7th grade, Parents: Jeff and Kathy Lewman

Anna Longhofer, 7th grade, Parents: John and Cynthia Longhofer

Alternate: Taylor Klatte, 7th grade, Parents: Herbert, Jr. and Kathy Klatte


Brenham Christian Academy

Lauren Chesshir, 6th grade, Parents: Max and Jody Chesshir

Dustin Frey, 5th grade, Parents: Rick and Stacy Frey

Margaret –Jane Kacyvenski, 4th grade, Parent: Emily Kacyvenski

Alternate: Soren Larson, 5th grade, Parents: Rebecca Larson


First Baptist Church School

Riley Moehlmann, 5th grade, Parents: Dennis and Brandy Moehlmann

Travis Sallach, 6th grade, Parents: Warren and Becky Sallach

Tom Sengphet, 5th grade, Parents: Nick and Lyda Sengphet

No Alternate


St. Paul’s Christian Day School

Allyson Blackburn,  5th grade, Parents: Greg and Leanne Blackburn

Henry Cone, 5th grade, Parents: Doug and Tikaa Cone

Tanner David, 5th grade, Parents: William and Kristie David

Alternate: Brad Jacobs, 5th grade, Parents: Allen and Melanie Jacobs


The word caller is Diane Hodde.

The judges this year are:

Kathleen Bedrich – First Baptist Church School- Instructor

Collena Jantzi – St. Paul’s Christian Day School- Instructor

Shari Tackert – Brenham Christian Academy- Instructor


The bee gets underway (tonight(  Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and can be heard live on KWHI and www.kwhi.com.



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