“Belfry’s Austin Dillon is Grand Champion of High School Bee”
Belfry Junior Austin Dillon won the Grand Championship of the Pike County High School Spelling Bee, after taking third place in the oral round, tying for first in the written category and taking first place in the vocabulary division.
It was a good day for Belfry’s Spelling Bee Team with members winning all three trophies in the oral competition as well as Dillon winning the eleventh grade, both other division and the overall championship, and his teammate, J.T. Mills becoming the tenth grade winner. In Oral Competition, Chrissy Kirk won First Place and Brandon Booth took Second Place, making each Belfry Team Member coming home with a trophy and the team itself bringing in the second place team trophy. The Belfry Team is coached by Lora McCoy.
Other winners included: Lakin Puckett of East Ridge, who took the Ninth Grade Winner’s trophy and Joe Steele of Pikeville who won the twelfth grade trophy. Steele also tied with Austin Dillon for first place in the written category. East Ridge High School took first place Team Trophy and their coach Amy Moore was Coach of the Year.
Pronouncer was Dr. Kay Webb, wife of Dr. Burton Webb, president of the University of Pikeville. Kay Webb is a counseling psychologist at UPIKE. Master of Ceremonies was Pike Instructional Supervisor Phillip Birchfield. Judges were: Gifted and Talented Coordinator Patty Johnson, Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher Cindy Adkins and Public Information Officer Rosalind Stanley. District Innovation Coordinator Mary Beth Stiltner and Technology Technician Catrina Slone assisted with the Spelling Bee.
Instructional Administrative Assistant Cassandra Goff coordinated the Spelling Bee and did an excellent job. Special appreciation is extended to Youth Services Center Director Pat May, Media Specialist Sandy Brown, Principal Mark Gannon and the Belfry High School Staff for the use of their facility and for their hospitality in hosting the spelling bee.