Middle school spelling bee crowns first C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N in three years

With energy usually reserved for sports competitions, middle school students cheered and clapped for their classmates embroiled in a battle of words.

That is, how to spell them correctly.

Stikine Middle School held its first spelling bee in three years on April 12 in the high school gym. At stake were bragging rights and a $50 gift certificate for J&W's Fast Food. All that stood between students and glory were words like fiesta, shingles, normality and battlement.

The rules were simple. Students were not eliminated unless they misspelled two words. To win the bee, a student would have to spell...


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