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Lower Dauphin Middle School gets spelling bee winner after 22 rounds

Posted 12/27/17

Ten rounds after they ran out of words from the official list, Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters secured the school’s spelling bee crown Dec. 4.

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Lower Dauphin Middle School gets spelling bee winner after 22 rounds

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Ten rounds after they ran out of words from the official list, Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters secured the school’s spelling bee crown Dec. 4.

The bee started with 25 competitors, representing the top three spellers from each sixth-grade academic team and English classroom in seventh and eighth grade. After 10 rounds, the field was reduced to four — Toby, second-place winner Abigail Foran, third-place winner Andrew Seacord, and Kayla Nguyen.

These four spellers went through three rounds before the list of words was exhausted. Organizers then switched to a list of appropriately difficult words that the students hadn’t had a chance to study. They then continued with that list for three rounds before Kayla bowed out.

The school’s returning champion, Andrew, fell two rounds later. Toby and Abigail went five more rounds to reach the 22nd round of the bee before Toby took the title with the word “seafaring.”

Toby is the son of Pam and David Waters. He listed “enchantment” as his favorite word to spell because “it is the word I stupidly got out on last year” in the school bee. He received a $25 prize for winning the bee.

Abigail is sixth-grader and is the daughter of Donna and Joe Foran. She received a prize of $20. Andrew is a seventh-grader and is the son of Susan and Steven Seacord. His third-place prize was $15. Kayla is an eighth-grader and the daughter of Dan and Lien Nguyen. She received a prize of $10.

The school’s top three finishers and Kayla will have an opportunity to take the WITF Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee’s semifinal written test. Depending on their scores, they will then advance to the grand championship oral spelling bee this spring.

“There were some tense moments and some tough words in this year’s bee,” said Principal Jill A. Freedman. “A great job by all participants, and best of luck in the next round.”