A look back: Students compete in Gotsch Intermediate spelling bee


Winners of the 2013 Gotsch Intermediate School spelling bee.

Editor’s note: With students in and out of in-person schooling this school year due to the pandemic, there are fewer activities students are able to participate in at school that we can share with the community. So this holiday season we are revisiting past stories. This is from January 2013.

Thirty-five students at Gotsch Intermediate School in Affton competed in the school’s Spelling Bee Jan. 11, 2013.
Kaitlyn Pluff, a fifth-grader whose teacher is Eric Bowen, won the competition with the word “authoritative.” Fourth-graders Kimberly Welch and Anna Bohner placed second and third, respectively.

Pluff will move on to compete in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2013 Spelling Bee Semifinal Competition, to be held at McKendree University March 2.
Participants in the 2013 Gotsch Intermediate School Spelling Bee included:
Third Grade: Claire Burmester, Ela Potera and Helen Shannon;
Fourth Grade: Anna Bohnert, Will Clinton, Thomas Dawson, Mensur Dipa, Alyssa Forbes, Brandon Galler, Ileiana Gonzalez, Charlotte Krakowski, Hannah MacCachran, Olta Rexhepi, Dominic Rivera, Sarah Rowlands, Daniel Salcedo, Margaret Schaffer, Abigail Train-Isidoro and Kimberly Welch;
Fifth Grade: Lynn Eckhardt, Hannah Eichholz, Maxwell Herndon, Michael Johnson, Adnan Krdzalic, Ajdin Krdzalic, Stephanie Le, Jayden Mattison, Drew Missler, Abigail Pashkov, Kaitlyn Pluff, Amina Suljagic, Mary Walker, Christopher Walsh, James Wooten and Sidney Wroughton.