Fourteen top spellers competed for v-i-c-t-o-r-y as Lake Elementary held its school spelling bee Friday, Jan. 18.
The accomplished young spellers earned their spots in the competition by advancing from fifth-grade classroom spelling bees. The students battled through 20 rounds of words such as whiskery, factoid, condone, and tinkerer. Runner-up Paul Conine, showed off his spelling skills throughout the final rounds, correctly spelling words faulty, transfixed and snarky.
However, it was Joshua Holley who outlasted everyone in the competition, remaining enthusiastic even when he struggled to recognize words such as squalid and flora. In the final round, he breathed a sigh of relief as he quickly recited the letters to spell horizon and isolation to win the spelling bee.
|Lake Elementary Spelling Bee contestants included (back left to right) Rick Hodgson, Devon Boback, Ramiro Garcia, Serkan Yapragigur, Joseph Pierce, Xavier Jakey, Brent Matus, Joshua Holley, and Paul Conine and (front left to right) Colette Askins, Karly Bekier, Mallory Lowe, Abby Downs, and Tatum Kurth.|
Joshua earned the honor of representing Lake Elementary at the Wood County Spelling Bee in Bowling Green Feb. 23.