Contemplate. The correct spelling of that word lifted seventh grade student Grace Hunter into the winner’s seat at this year’s Middle School Spelling Bee at Oakridge. Last year’s winner, sixth grade student Collin Scarborough, is runner-up.
The bee, which included 20 students from grades 4-8, went more than 20 rounds Friday, Jan. 10 in the Fine Arts Performance Hall. Grace now moves on to the regional competition.
Each year, 11 million students compete in spelling bees at the school level, learning important new words along the way. The top spellers advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Bee Week 2020 will take place the week of Memorial Day, May 24 through May 29, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Visit spellingbee.com/ for more information.