Best Spellers Vie for Title

TOW finalists: Back row, from left, Grant Waldow, Lauren West, Chris Hynson, Nancy Hubbell, Sebastian Fisher, Shanai Mae Auguis, Bill Steel, Blake Turner, Emily Thomas and Austin Voss; front, Rylee Bullington, Max Movaghar, Giana Costa, Perry Skenderian, Molly Cohn, Lola Fisher, Kaitlin Gunsolley, Zack Bonnin, Caden Bencz and Jonathan Ranabarger.

Thirty-five fifth grade finalists from El Morro and Top of the World Elementary faced off in the Laguna Beach Spelling Bee Finals, held at TOW’s multi-purpose room at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

The fifth year of the friendly competition, where TOW will defend its 2011 title, will be judged by Asst. Supt. Nancy Hubbell and parent Bill Steel.

“We began this fun competition 5 years ago and each school has won the title twice, this year is an exciting tie breaker year and we experienced a record combined turnout of 110 students,” said Carrie Reynolds, Bee co-chair.

El Morro finalists: Back row, from left, judges Nancy Hubbell and Bill Steel; middle, Adam Kerfoot, Ayrton Garcia-Jurado, Charlie Dickerson, Cal Nielson, Connor Sorensen, Sydney Williams Goldberg, Alexandra Lettner, Rachel McCarthy, Elisa Dobrow-Isaza, and Alexis Yang; front, Andrew Doudna, Sammy Reynolds, Dave Tax Jr., Chloe Bryan, Kate Gilles and Makena Somerset.

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