FHS students compete in spelling bee

Junior high students competed in the annual Jefferson County Spelling Bee. Four surrounding schools competed alongside Fairbury, who hosted the event this year.

“We had several children who made it to the finals and one placer, Lilian Ausk [’24]. Lily did great.” Sponsor Mrs. Karen Horky said.

Every student from Fairbury that participates is determined by Mrs. Horky. Each of her study hall classes has to take a test with 20 random words on it. Those who miss the least are sent on to the spelling bee. During the event, there are 14 rounds with ten words each. Students are given time to write the word and a chance to have the word repeated.

“I felt pretty nervous because every year the same girl has won. This year, she won again. I just wanted to get out of there because it took a long time,” Ausk said.


Surrounding schools compete against students at Fairbury Public Schools in a spelling bee. After the warm up round, students were told Halloween-themed jokes.  Photo by: J. Culp