By Wendy Holdren
The Raleigh County Elementary School Spelling Bee was a “Win-win” Tuesday.
Kendal Win, 8, of Maxwell Hill Elementary, reigned supreme at day one of the bee.
With just five rounds of competition, Win defeated 19 other spelling competitors from all across the county. She secured a spot in the middle school level of the spelling bee at 9:30 a.m. today in the Woodrow Wilson High School auditorium, along with runner-up Alexandra Croy, 10, of Greater Beckley Christian School.
The winner and runner-up of today’s spelling bee will advance to the regional level.
Win’s winning word was “fabulist,” a noun meaning a person who invents or relates fables.
“We commend all these students for their hard work and dedication,” said Sandy Trent, director of elementary education.
Pronouncer Hollie Cochran, a speech and language pathologist, reviewed the rules and told all the young participants to relax and take their time.
The practice round was a breeze for the 20 students, but after round one, only 11 remained in the running.
Two more were eliminated in round two, and another six in round three, leaving only three spellers.
Round four eliminated second runner-up Luke Imbing of Stanaford Elementary, leaving Win and Croy to battle it out.
Win correctly spelled “giantesque,” Croy missed her next word, then Win took the win by spelling “fabulist.”
Participants included: Win, Croy, Imbing, Aden Nish of Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary, Matthew Sweeney of Ghent, Max Christiansen of St. Francis de Sales, Layla Duncan of Clear Fork District, Sierra Beaulieu of Crescent, Laken Kincaid of Crab Orchard, Katie Mills of Victory Baptist Academy, Emily Daniel of Marsh Fork, Angelia Hussian of Mabscott, Chris Henry of Hollywood, Jarod Hardy of Sophia Soak Creek, Sydni Jean Wood of Beckley, Shelby Meador of Daniels, Bobbie Jo “Brooke” Shumate of Fairdale, Abigayle Donelow of Shady Spring, Emily Martin of Bradley, and Asya Stewart of Stratton.
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