The Odessa Record -

Odessa sends 24 to area yearly academic contest


--Courtesy photo.

Front row: Paul Sheldon, Austin Iverson, Jett Nelson, Daeton Deife, Mackenzie Lutz. Second row: Zachary Claassen, Grace Nelson, Ashlyn Neilsen, Emily Scrupps, Chloe Winkler. Third row: Austin Read, Jacob Scrupps, Dakota Steward, Hayden Schuh, Jocelyn Zigan, Kaytlyn Shafer. Fourth row: Devin Nelson, Aiden Schmierer, KC Beldin, Yvette Davey, Ceianne Mankel. Back row: Mya Ford, Rachel Anderson.

Odessa students in grades three through eight represented the Town of Odessa very well in Ritzville at the 2016 Bi-County Academic Contest held November 16. The contest was attended by eight other Bi-County schools. The topics covered were Spelling, Math, Speeches and Geography. Of the 24 Odessa students who went on the trip, 14 placed in the top six of their category at the competition.

5th grade

Dakota Steward took second place in Impromptu Speech. Hayden Schuh placed fifth in Persuasive Speech. KC Beldin took sixth place in Interpretive Speech, and Zachary Claassen was sixth in Spelling.

6th grade

Ashlyn Neilsen took fourth place in Spelling, and Yvette Davey took fourth place in Persuasive Speech. Austin Iverson was fifth place in Geography, and Grace Nelson was fifth in Spelling. Kaytlyn Shafer placed sixth in Math, and Jocelyn Zigan placed sixth in Impromptu Speech.

7th grade

Emily Scrupps was in first place in Impromptu Speech. Chloe Winkler took fifth place in Math. Daeton Deife won sixth place in Geography.

8th grade

Jett Nelson landed a third place in Geography.

"Elementary teacher Maria Manley helped out and served as a chaperone. Several parents and school principal Jamie Nelson were able to come and root us on and serve as chaperones in the bleachers. The students were on their best behavior," said the Odessa team's coordinator Tim Larson.


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