The best speller in Washington County will be named tonight (Tuesday) at the 65th Annual Washington County Spelling Bee.

The 2019 Washington County Spelling Bee winners: (L to R) 1st Place- Corbin Brooks, 2nd Place- Garrison Covin, and 3rd Place- Aidan Keller.

Twenty-three of the county’s best spellers will compete at Alton Elementary School for the crown of top speller, along with a spot in the regional competition.

The top three spellers in tonight’s spelling bee will move on to the next round of competition, and receive cash prizes from KWHI, a proud sponsor of the event since its inception.

The spelling bee begins at 6 p.m., and can be heard live on KWHI AM 1280, FM 101.7, and kwhi.com.  KWHI will also livestream the spelling bee on our Facebook page.

This year's spelling bee participants include:


Alton Elementary:

Corbin Brooks (parents are Bill and Carol Brooks)

Jonathan Campbell (Aaron and Jennifer Campbell)

Molly Jackson (Tohner and Brandy Jackson)

Alternate: William Hefferly (Abby and Andy Hefferly)

Coach: Lori Reyes


Brenham Elementary:

Aiden Luna (parents are Katherine Owens and Victor Luna)

Analise Fernandes (Ian and Benedita Fernandes)

Cesia Cisneros (Eduardo and Wendy Cisneros)

Alternate: Layla Sadler (Jeffrey and Lori Sadler)

Coach: Lyndsey Kubos


Krause Elementary:

Payson Gurka (parents are Josh and Shannon Gurka)

Miriam Aguilar (Maro and Beatriz Aguilar)

Lawson Blankenburg (Leroy and Rachel Blankenburg)

Alternate: De’Azia Bonner (Shantina Lewis)

Coach: Laura Eben


Brenham Middle:

Levi Dupont (parents are Matthew and Casey Dupont)

Noble Pharaon (James and Kristi Pharaon)

Sadaf Shireen (Nizam Mohammed and Aamna Baig)

Alternate: Aiden Sikora (Thomas and Lindsay Sikora)

Coach: Kurt Koronka


Brenham Junior High:

Cole Tran (parents are Hang and Marcy Tran) - not able to attend

Eduardo Mendoza (Eduardo Mendoza and Mireya Torres)

Brett Campbell (Aaron and Jennifer Campbell)

Coach: Cody Vega


Burton Elementary:

Avery Lamson (parents are Andy and Amber Lamson)

Hunter Fleck (Chelsea and Brandon Renninger)

Noah Sigsbee (Jeff and Amanda Sigsbee)

Alternate: Zachary Purvis (Jonathan and Felicia Purvis)

Coach: Kristin Krueger


First Baptist Church School:

Sandy Supak (parents are Matt and Bobbi Jo Supak)

Sabrina Covin (Charles and Bonnie Covin)

Braydon Linden (Barry and Leigh Linden)

Alternate: Charlie Eberly (Chad and Kristen Eberly)

Coach: Lisbeth Radcliff


St. Paul’s Christian Day School:

Laney Schovajsa (parents are Brandon and Fallon Schovajsa)

Kynlee Smith (Racheal Powell)

Beckett Neil (Matt and Cayte Neil)

Coach: Sherrie Winkelmann


Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Jamey Johnson

Word Caller: Diana Hodde

Judges: Kathleen Bedrich from First Baptist Church School, Dr. Edna Kennedy from Burton ISD, and Sara Cook from Brenham ISD

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