Jordan Britt correctly spells ‘officiant’ to claim county championship
PRINCETON — It’s official, Bureau County has a champion speller headed to the regional spelling bee after besting his competition with the correct spelling of “officiant.”
Jordan Britt, an eighth-grader from Bureau Valley Junior High School, took top honors in the Feb. 11 Bureau County Spelling Bee and will next compete at the Peoria Journal Star Bee on March 27. That competition will be aired on TV the following day.
Princeton Christian Academy seventh-grade student Arthur van den Berg claimed the runner-up title this year after taking first place in the 2019 bee.
Sixteen students from eight local schools battled it out for 13 rounds before Britt came out on top.
Students who participated include: Eli Attig and Jordan Britt of Bureau Valley; Revin Essl and Luke Orlandi of Dalzell; Lukas Manrriquez and Jadyn Martin of DePue; Vinny Worden and Bryce Smith of Ladd; Sydney Mount and Arthur Burden of Malden; Arthur van den Berg and Josiah Gale of Princeton Christian Academy; Grace Eggers and Brennan Roden of Princeton Elementary; and McKayla Musser and Jaxon Lavelle of JFK School in Spring Valley.