Over 100 friends and families attended the fifth annual elementary schools spelling bee competition last week, with El Morro and Top of the World holding two wins each in previous competitions.
After 15 rounds, it came down to El Morro fifth grader Alexis Yang spelling Celsius and pediatrician for the win. She had already conquered words such as gingham and effervescent.
The previous year’s bee champion, Makenna Augenstein, presented the winning trophies to Alexis and runner-up Lauren West of Top of the World.
“The event will give all of these students lasting memories and I bet they will never spell their eliminating word incorrectly again,” said parent Carrie Reynolds, El Morro PTA co-chair.
Thirty-four finalists entered the competition. Charlie Dickerson of El Morro was the last male contestant standing with Skylar Sexton and Alexis Yang from El Morro and Lauren West with Rylee Bullington from Top of the World.
“This was the hardest fought final round in the five-year history of the Spelling Bee,” said bee judge Nancy Hubbell, the assistant superintendent. “What a contest!”