Students from Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties spelled their way to success during the InterMountain Education Service District’s Spelling Contest.

The Tuesday, May 8 event was held at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. Participants had already won a spelling contest in their division at their schools. The winners include:

MORROW COUNTY: Division 1 (first-fifth grades): Jackson Coiner, Heppner Elementary School; Michael McElligott, Ione Elementary School; Dakota Seufert, Irrigon Elementary School. Division 2 (sixth-eighth grades): Nathan Ellsworth, Heppner Elementary School; Jozen Byers, Irrigon Elementary School; Axel Paredes-Rosales, Windy River Elementary School

UMATILLA COUNTY: Division 1 (first-fifth grades): Grace Welch, Washington Elementary School; Adriel Ibarra, Stanfield Elementary School; Eden Enkey, McNary Heights Elementary School. Division 2 (sixth-eighth grades): Elsa Rogers, Weston Middle School; Luis Tejeda, Clara Brownell Middle School; Sarah House, Sunridge Middle School. Division 3 (ninth-12th grades): Fernando Castilla, Ukiah School; Sam Burcham, Pendleton Homeschool Association

An awards ceremony immediately followed, the contests with winners receiving medals. The first place winner from each division is invited to participate in the state competition, which is Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

“IMESD is pleased to congratulate all of our spelling contest winners and would like to thank all the students who devoted time to compete this year,” said Lizette Berryessa, IMESD spelling contest coordinator.

For more information, contact Berryessa at 541-966-3126 or

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