Mischa Abad Wins on First Try in NV

Mischa Abad, a fifth-grader from Somerset Academy in Henderson, realized the significance of her accomplishment when she won the Nevada State Spelling Bee. This was the first year the competition allowed fifth-graders to compete. Mischa had a big smile on her face after correctly spelling "cambio" and "palmette." 


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Stephanie Lewis Wins in First Regional Bee in NE

It was a word she didn't know, but that didn't stop Stephanie Lewis, an eighth-grader from Marrs Magnet Center in Omaha, Nebraska, from spelling it correctly to win the Midwest Spelling Bee and a trip to the national finals. This was her first appearance in the regional event. She thanked her father for coaching her for the past several weeks. Stephanie's winning word was "leechcraft." 

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Experience Helps Aidan Veress Win Again in MT

Having one national finals experience under his belt, Aidan Veress, an eighth-grader from Gardiner School in Montana, said this year there wasn't as much pressure. His calm and cool demeanor helped as he worked through some tricky words in the Treasure State Spelling Bee. He took first place for the second year in a row when he correctly spelled "Talmud." 

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Alice Liu Stays Calm in MO Repeat

Alice Liu, a sixth-grader from Crestview Middle School, stayed calm as she anticipated each word in the rounds of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee. She bested 49 other finalists to earn a return trip to the national finals. She was one of the top 15 in the finals last year and is working hard to return again in 2018. Her winning word was "alcheringa."

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Iris McDonnell Advances on Fourth Try in NY

Iris McDonnell, an eighth-grader at Oswego Middle School in New York, will head to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after outlasting 25 other competitors in the regional event. She's been waiting and studying for a long time. She competed at the regional level for three years in fourth through sixth grade. Her final two words were “intaglio” and “edelweiss.” 

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Storrie Kulynych-Irvin Wins Inaugural Event in MD

In the first year for the Maryland Sports Spelling Bee, Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, a home-schooled student outlasted 23 other students from five counties and Annapolis to win. Her championship word was "patel." She said her interest in spelling originated with the fun she had with spelling tests. Now, she's on her way to the national finals. 

Photo credit: Paul W. Gillespie, Capital Gazette

A Determined Mira Yu Returns for Boston Win

A misspelled word in 2017 was all the motivation Mira Yu, a seventh-grader at Boston Latin School, needed to study and prepare for this year's Boston Centers for Youth and Families citywide spelling bee. Her younger sister helped her study pronunciations and roots. Mira proudly hoisted the first place trophy after spelling "cacophony" for the win. 

Photo credit: John Wilcox, Boston Herald