Matthew Dufour has Dawg Pound Support

Matthew Dufour, fifth-grader at Superior Intermediate School in Ashtabula, Ohio, won the Browns Give Back Tri-County Spelling Bee in Cleveland. Matthew will represent Geauga, Lake and Ashtabula counties. The Cleveland Browns organization joins the Tennessee Titans as the two NFL teams supporting local spelling bee programs. 

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Justus Black Continues Family's Winning Tradition

By winning the Columbiana County Spelling Bee in Lisbon, Ohio, Justus Black, a sixth-grader from Southern Local Schools, became the fourth member of his family to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He outlasted his older brother, Silas, who was in the national finals last year. Justus wore his lucky t-shirt on his first try at the regional event. His winning word was "rhetoric."

Photo credit: Patti Schaeffer, Salem News

Robert Gorlach Wins at First NC Regional Appearance

Robert Gorlach, an eighth grade student at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, North Carolina, won The Gaston Gazette Spelling Bee on his first appearance at the regional level. He clinched the title with two consecutive words: “intensify” and “broaches.” He prepared by reviewing words with his father during the past several months. 

Photo credit: John Clark, The Gaston Gazette

Samhita Kumar Earns Repeat Trip to DC

Samhita Kumar, a seventh-grader from Winston Churchill Middle School in Carmichael, California, correctly spelled "osphresis" to earn a repeat trip to Washington, D.C., where she will once again try to advance to the Finals. She is the two-time champion of the California Central Valley Spelling Bee, sponsored by The Sacramento Bee newspaper. 

Photo credit: Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento Bee