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Winners of 2020 Countywide Spelling Bee announced

Pictured in featured photo: (left to right) 5-8 Grade Champions:  Hashem Jafari, Aaron Pierce, Aston Black

The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) has announced the winners of the 2020 Countywide Spelling Bee. The competition was held earlier this month. This year, 282 students from schools across Genesee County put their spelling skills to the test with 24 of those students going on to compete in the Champion of Champions Bee. The top three spellers from each grade level faced off (grades 5-8 and grades 9-12) with the winners taking a trophy back to their school to be on display for a year. Below are the names of the top 2020 spelling bee championship winners and those who placed in their division:

5th -8th Grade Championship Winners

1 st Place: Aaron Pierce-Flushing

2nd Place: Aston Black-Mt. Morris

3rd Place:  Hashem Jafari-Genesee Academy


9th-12th Grade Championship Winners

1 st Place:  Lily Zuber-Flushing High School

2nd Place:  Michael Benko-Flushing High School

3rd Place:  Kaden Bredow-Mt. Morris High School


Grade Level Winners: Grade 4

1st –  Liam Ngo-Grand Blanc

2nd –  Amelia Mahon-Goodrich

3rd –  MJ Sanborn-Grand Blanc Grade


Grade 5

1st –  Cassidy Odom-Westwood Heights

2nd–  Hady Alouh-Genesee Academy

3rd –  Andrew Yuschak-Goodrich


Grade 6

1st –  Hashem Jafari-Genesee Academy

2nd –  Aaron Pierce-Flushing

3rd –  Sophie Wetherell-Clio


Grade 7

1st –  Carter Reynolds-Woodland Park Academy

2nd –  Aston Black-Mt. Morris

3rd –  Jia Patel-Grand Blanc


Grade 8

1st –  Lila Urogdy-Goodrich

2nd – Jaime Piazza-St. John Vianney

3rd –  Aysia Golden-Carman-Ainsworth


Grade 9

1st – Tonicia Burton-Mt. Morris

2nd – Alex Long-Flushing

3rd –  Isabella Severn-Mt. Morris


Grade 10

1st – Danielle Valliere-Bentley

2nd – Ryan Bendle-Mt. Morris

3rd – Kaden Bredow-Mt. Morris


Grade 11

1st –  Michael Benko-Flushing

2nd –  Micah Helzerman-Mt. Morris

3rd –  Mousaab Jafari Carman-Ainsworth


Grade 12

1st –  John Dunavan-Mt. Morris

2nd –  Lily Zuber-Flushing

3rd –  Allie Hathaway Lake-Fenton

9-12 Grade Champions (l-r): Michael Benko, Lily Zuber, Kaden Bredow

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