Riverton Parke Junior High School competed virtually and won fourth place among Class 4 schools on Tuesday, November 4 in the Junior Division Indiana Academic Spell Bowl regional contest. Their score of 31 points qualified them as a state finalist.
On Wednesday, November 11, the junior high spell bowl team came up with a fifth place finish in the state-wide competition among Class 4 schools.
The contest is sponsored each year by the Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP).
The Panthers were coached by English teacher Lisa Harmon. She said, “We were surprised, but very excited about being invited to the state finals. This is my first time as an academic coach that this has happened at the junior high level. I love the excitement and dedication of these kids even through all of the pandemic challenges.”
Pictured are the RPJHS spellers, in front from left: Marley Kilzer, Lizzy Leitgabel, and Carson Sutton. In the back are: Rhylie Cannon, Annie Campbell, Jenna Batty, and Charlie Belcher. Unavailable for the picture was Kaden Fellows and Jake Roderick.