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March 14, 2012

Vermontís Top Spellers Compete in Statewide Spelling Bee

The Vermont Department of Education, Vermont Principalsí Association, Vermont Humanities Council and Burlington Free Press will host a statewide individual spelling bee for Vermont students on Wednesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michaelís College in Colchester.

The champion of this bee will travel to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, competing against top spellers from every other state in the nation.

In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, the winner receives a trophy, a tablet donated by Hannafordís Supermarkets, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., donated FairPoint Communications, Saint Michael's College, Vermont Lake Monsters, Burlington Hyundai Subaru and Hannaford Supermarkets. In addition, the top three spellers will receive reference books and gift certificates. The second place winner will receive a plaque and all students will receive a medallion for advancing to the state level. All of the students who compete in the national spelling bee will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to the $12,000 championship prize. For more information on the national bee, visit

Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 are eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who will participate in the bee have already competed in their regional bees this winter.

For more information, contact Bob Johnson at the Vermont Principalsí Association at (802) 229-0547, Jill Remick at the Vermont Department of Education at (802) 828-3154 or Linda Wrazen at the Vermont Humanities Council at (802) 262-2626, ext. 309.

2012 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants

School Name Name

Albany Community School Nicole Smith

Albert D Lawton Intermediate School Arthur Beliveau

Barnard Academy Julia Gouvin-Moffat

Blue Mountain Union School Tyler Burroughs

Brighton Elementary School Treytin Eibert

Camels Hump Middle School Ella Myregaard

Charlotte Central School Abby Postlewaite

Christ The King School Sophia Moore-Smith

Crossett Brook Middle School Luna Isham

Danville School Chelsea Carcoba

Dority Home School Family Finn Dority

Edmunds Middle School Samuel Hays

Folsom Educational & Community Center Chloe Zinn

Harwood Union Middle/high School Kathryn Pilliod

Lyndon Town School Kayanna Burns

Main Street Middle School Abigail Huntsman

Mater Christi School Marisa Sylvester

Middlebury Union Middle School Ronan Howlett

Middlebury Union Middle School Meigan Clark

Mill River Union High School Ethan Welch

Missisquoi Valley Union Middle School Judah Ward

NewBrook Elementary School Sage Hall

Richford Junior Senior High School Andrew Czelatka

Riverside School Jim Gilbert

Rutland Intermediate School Caitlin French

Shelburne Community School Jennifer Ireland

South Royalton School Emily Ballou

St. Mary School Colin Dowd

Stowe Middle High School Austin Soell

Swanton Central School Lachlan Mulvey

Thaddeaus Stevens School Lucinda Storz

Walden School Sadie Tilden

Waterford Elementary School Zachary Fucci

Westshire Elementary School Eadie Molesworth

Williston Central School Summer Bishop

Woodstock Union Middle School Brian Townley

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: March 14, 2012 10:18:40