March 15, 2012
Ronan Howlett bested 33 other students from across Vermont to win the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Howlett, a seventh grader from Middlebury Union Middle School, will now compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in June, competing against top spellers from every other state in the nation.
The winning word was “qualitative,” which means “of, relating to, or involving quality or kind.”
Meigan Clark, also of Middlebury and last year’s winner, came in second. Summer Bishop of Williston Central School came in third.
In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, Howlett received a trophy, a tablet donated by Hannaford’s 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. For more information on the national bee, visit www.spellingbee.com.
Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who participated in the bee already competed in their regional bees this winter.
Adam Silverman of the Burlington Free Press served as pronouncer for the event. Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals Association and Linda Wrazen of the Vermont Humanities Council presented the awards.
For more information, contact Bob Johnson at the Vermont Principals’ 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.
See the next page for a list of participants.
2012 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants
School Name Name
Albany Community School Nicole Smith
Albert D Lawton Intermediate School Arthur Beliveau
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
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 15, 2012 16:42:15