2017-02-09 / Life in Leelanau

Top spellers keep quest alive for trip to Washington

Leland bee winners


PATHFINDER SCHOOL in Elmwood Township will send six students to the county spelling bee, Feb. 22, at Suttons Bay School. Pictured from left are sixth grader Anna Vollbrecht (alternate); Avery McLean, eighth grade; Will Stanton, seventh grade; eighth grader and school champion Sophie Nickel; David Love, fifth grade; and seventh graders Mariah Moore and Ava Coonrod. PATHFINDER SCHOOL in Elmwood Township will send six students to the county spelling bee, Feb. 22, at Suttons Bay School. Pictured from left are sixth grader Anna Vollbrecht (alternate); Avery McLean, eighth grade; Will Stanton, seventh grade; eighth grader and school champion Sophie Nickel; David Love, fifth grade; and seventh graders Mariah Moore and Ava Coonrod. Faith Fowler, a sixth grader, won Leland Public School’s spelling bee last week after 35 rounds.

She spelled the following words correctly: opinionated, javelin, austere, tenaciously, scrumptiously, thaumaturge, Honolulu, catastrophic, avalanche, insulin, physicists, conflagration, allegiance, concussion, unscrupulous, inconceivable, enervating and Jacobean.

Eighth grader Nate Mitchell came in second. Sixth graders Cole Denoyer, Thomasin Bison and Flora June Mitchell were third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Seventh grader Trey Buchanan was sixth and Levi Deters, an eighth grader, is alternate.


REPRESENTING GLEN Lake in the county spelling bee Feb. 22 are from left are sixth graders Maia Cooper, Olivia Mikowski and Riley Loeffler (alternate); eighth graders Robbin Moore, Max Dilley and Cody Deisler and seventh grader Lathan Story. Deisler, Dilley and Mikowski came in first, second and third respectively at the school bee last week. REPRESENTING GLEN Lake in the county spelling bee Feb. 22 are from left are sixth graders Maia Cooper, Olivia Mikowski and Riley Loeffler (alternate); eighth graders Robbin Moore, Max Dilley and Cody Deisler and seventh grader Lathan Story. Deisler, Dilley and Mikowski came in first, second and third respectively at the school bee last week. These students will represent their school in the Leelanau County Spelling Bee.

Attend county bee

Looking for some good, clean entertainment that comes with suspense and competition?

Set your calendar to attend the Leelanau County Spelling Bee, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Suttons Bay High School auditorium.

The best spellers in the county will square off for a chance to advance to regional competition in Traverse City. The bigger prize is an all-expenses paid trip to the National Spelling Bee set in Washington D.C. for the regional winner.


ADVANCING TO the county spelling bee Feb. 22 are Leland School’s top spellers (from left) Faith Fowler, Nate Mitchell, Cole Denoyer, Thomasin Bison, Flora June Mitchell and Trey Buchanan and Levi Deters, alternate. ADVANCING TO the county spelling bee Feb. 22 are Leland School’s top spellers (from left) Faith Fowler, Nate Mitchell, Cole Denoyer, Thomasin Bison, Flora June Mitchell and Trey Buchanan and Levi Deters, alternate. The top six spellers from six county schools are eligible. Results of spelling bees held at Suttons Bay, Northport and St. Mary schools have previously been reported. This week the pool rounds out with spellers from Glen Lake, Pathfinder and Leland, which provided more bee information that is included in a short story on this page.

The Scripps newspaper chain sponsors the National Spelling Bee, which began in 1925. Notable winning spellings through the years have varied between somewhat common words (fracas in 1930, psychiatry in 1948 and croissant in 1970) to rarities (canonical in 1939, interlocutory in 1969 and cymotrichous in 2011).

Last year Glen Lake eighth grade student Jeremiah Dungjen won the county bee by correctly spelling “Lunatic.”

The county bee is sponsored by the Leelanau Enterprise.

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