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Henry Korous wins Salt Lake Valley Scripps Spelling Bee

by Boyd Petersen

Henry Korous, 13, an eighth grade student at Beehive Science and Tech Academy, a charter school based in Holladay, won the Salt Lake County round of the national Scripps Spelling Bee March 7 at the LHM Salt Lake Community College Campus.

Henry beat out 18 other spellers from schools and home school organizations across the county who worked their way through words such as “igneous,” “percolate” and “etymology” until a victor emerged.

In the final round, second-place contestant Ana Wolfgramm of Robert Frost Elementary in West Valley City was tripped up by the word “lieutenant.” Henry went on to spell “anachronism” correctly and won the contest by spelling the championship word “precocious.”

Henry is the son of Debbie and Alan Korous of West Valley City.

“All of the spellers that competed were outstanding,” Boyd Petersen, publisher of The Valley Journals, said. “It was a great representation of our valley and our school system. I feel Henry will represent us well.”

Preliminary rounds of the Scripps Spelling Bee were held at individual schools in Salt Lake County over the last two months. A home schoolers’ round was held Jan. 28 at the LHM Salt Lake Community College Campus.

Henry receives an all-expenses-paid trip for himself and an accompanying adult to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 26-27. He also received a $1,000 scholarship and other prizes. He will be recognized in an article in all Journals beginning March 18.

This is the first time in eight years the Scripps Spelling Bee has been held in Salt Lake County. Previously sponsored by the Deseret News, the spelling bee was discontinued in 2001.

A nationally-renowned program, the Scripps Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and sponsors in the U.S., American Samoa, Canada, China, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Along with The Valley Journals, other sponsors Les Olson Co., Energy Solutions, Salt Lake Community College, Sylvan Learning Center and Merriam-Webster contributed to making the spelling bee possible.

We will be announcing the schedule for next year’s spelling bee in September.


Boyd Petersen


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