Annual spelling bee winners

At the left, participants in the 42nd annual spelling bee, hosted by the Juniata Valley Lions Club, were, front row, from the left, Sarah Shea, Lauren Houck, Lucas Dick, Keeley Baumia, Landon Maslanik, Aaliyah Foster; back row, Anita Smith, teacher, Colton Coffman, John Paul Espy III, Julianna Miller, Vincent Hoover and Dan Kraft, teacher.

It was a special evening for sixth graders in the Juniata Valley School District, as the 42nd annual spelling bee was hosted by the Juniata Valley Lions Club. Sixth grade teacher Anita Smith welcomed the competing students, along with their guests, for the evening. Juniata Valley Lions Club secretary John Dean followed with prayer.

Ten sixth graders competed for six handsome trophies and framed certificates, working through a challenging sequence of words that were carefully pronounced by sixth grade teacher Daniel Kraft. Lions club members, parents, grandparents and friends anxiously watched and listened as the finalists finally narrowed down to two. Finishing second was Lauren Houck, and earning the first place trophy was Sarah Shea.

A time for refreshments and social time followed the competition, as parents, grandparents and friends congratulated the competing students. Appreciation goes out once more to the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Co. for the use of their social room.

Lionism is the largest social organization in the world and is now more than 100 years old with members around the world. Lionism has always taken a special interest in sight conversation, but works in many ways to better communities. The Juniata Valley Lions Club meets once a month at the Alexandria Fire Hall. They are always looking for new members to fellowship with and to lend a hand with service projects in the Juniata Valley area. The motto of the Lions Club is “We Serve.”



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