Wenatchee, Wash… Long, short, domestic and imported words made up the impressive word list at the North Central Washington Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) this evening in East Wenatchee. 31 students from grades 4th - 8th participated in the spelling bee representing schools in Okanogan, Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties. Each of the participants earned their place in the regional spelling bee by scoring as one of the top two spellers in their local, school spelling bee.
The winning word was convective for 8th grade Omak Middle School student Ashley Blakemore who survived 23 rounds to capture this year’s title and win a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington D.C. area in May. This was the fifth year Blakemore had represented her school in the regional spelling bee.
Leo Chen, a 5th grade student from Oroville Middle School, earned second place this year and 8th grade student Annelise Schmidt from Foothills Middle School placed third.
The NCW Regional Spelling Bee, held at Eastmont Junior High School, was presented by the Washington Apple Education Foundation for the fourth year. The format was of a traditional “spelldown” with each student receiving one word per round. At the end of each round, those who spelled their words correctly continued onto the next round. Approximately 200 guests filled the auditorium to cheer on the spellers.
In addition to the six-day trip to Washington DC to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, this year’s champion won a one-year subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica’s online edition, a copy of Webster’s Third International Dictionary from Merriam-Webster and a 2015 United States Mint Proof Set.
The second place winner received a $25 gift certificate from the Academic Toolbox in Wenatchee and a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. The third place winner also received a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.