Paige Voigtschild Named Lawrence County Elementary School Spelling Bee Champion

(BEDFORD) – Paige Voigtschild is the elementary school 46th Annual Lawrence County Spelling Bee champion presented by Ivy Tech Community College of Bedford.

Back row: Morgan Blake, Madeline Baldwin, Addison Colvin
Second Row, Rowan Miller, Chloe Floyd, EvanTillett, Audrey Hoffman
Front Row: Paige Voightschiid Asia Mikels, Jayln Zhang

Paige, who is homeschooled, will now compete in the championship round on Tuesday at Bedford Middle School Schafer Auditorium.

Paige won by spelling the word ‘snooker’ correctly.

Placing second was Asia Mikels, a fifth-grader at Burris Elementary School.

Placing third was Jalyn Zhang, a fourth-grader at Stalker Elementary School.

The Spelling Bee is free to attend and open to the public. Doors open for spectators at 4:30 p.m.

Members of Ad-Venture Media, Inc. will help administer the event. The moderator of the event is Marketing Manager Sarah Turpen. Judges will be President Holly Davis, Super Oldies Radio Personality Sean Duncan, and Sales Representative Brandi Weyer.

If you can’t attend the event, you can listen to a playback of the competition on the airwaves of 1340 AM WBIW or streaming online at and on Facebook both days at 6:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, all of the middle schools in the county will send their school champion to compete. Also competing will be Paige Voigtschild, the elementary champion.

Competing on Tuesday are:

Paige Voigtschild

The elementary school champion Paige Voigtschild, a fifth-grader, home school

Logan Fortner, a 7th grader at Oolitic Middle School

Quentin Voigtschild, an 8th grader, home school

Meryl Klein, a 7th grader at Shawswick Middle School

Vincent Petro, an 8th grader at Mitchell Jr. High School

Amanda Epping, an 8th grader at Bedford Middle School

Rachael Barr, a 6th grader at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic School

The winner of this final round will be named the 2019 Lawrence County Spelling Bee Champion and they will have the opportunity to move on to the 2020 Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 14th at the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. The competition will begin at 10 a.m.

All participants receive a 1340 AM WBIW Spelling Bee t-shirt and a certificate. The top three contestants representing Lawrence County will also receive a bee bobble-head trophy. The overall Spelling Bee Champion will receive a $100 cash prize provided by Bedford Federal Savings Bank.

The Ford Motor Company Spelling Bee showcases Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s top spellers in a suspenseful competition that leaves only one standing. The top five finishers receive savings bonds from the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, while the overall champion gets to ride on the Winner’s Float in the Republic Bank Pegasus® Parade.