Michael Fernandez: Spelling Bee Champion
February 23, 2018
Seventh grader Michael Fernandez out-spelled thirteen 7th and 8th graders to win Thetford Academy’s fifth annual spelling bee, organized by English teachers Joe Deffner and Ray Chapin.
Michael won on the twelfth round of the bee, correctly spelling “segregation” and “callous” for the win after classmate Noah Hill (who correctly spelled “cyclops” in the previous round) misspelled the word “Chesapeake.” Eighth grader Gordon Rio came in third place, correctly spelling “Bollywood” and “disengage” before stumbling on the word “cypher.”
In addition to the top three contestants, participants were: 7th graders Porter Burkins, Quinn Corcoran, Abby Egner, Natalia Gioia, and Jack Lawson, and 8th graders Louis Dybvig, Hunter Harris, Kai Harris, Elliott Jones, and Jessica Smith.