Alexis Ward Wins Regional Spelling Bee

Alexis Ward Wins Regional Spelling Bee
Posted on 06/08/2018

On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, 32 students in grades 4-8 from 19 school districts competed in the 40th annual regional spelling bee at Maple Avenue Middle School. The spelling bee was hosted by WSWHE BOCES and the Junior Chamber International Saratoga Springs Jaycees.

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The event was sponsored by Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. The top 6 spellers were awarded gift cards to Northshire Bookstore, the second place winner, tickets to a SPAC Ballet performance, and first place, tickets to Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George.

The p-r-e-s-s-u-r-e was on as these students spelled challenging words such as “quota, hyena, jackknife, and eaves.” After 25 rounds and over two and a half hours of competition, the 32 students whittled down to three; third place winner, Camden Wolfield of Lake George Elementary, second place winner, Casey Wan of Saratoga Springs Caroline Street School, and first place winner, Alexis Ward, of Fort Ann High School. top 6

Alexis and Casey battled it out until Casey was ultimately defeated after misspelling “shrewd.” Alexis was able to spell the word correctly as well as her follow-up word, “luggage”, awarding her the title of first place! alexis ward This award is not new to the Ward family, however. Alexis’s older brother, Patrick Ward, was the first place winner of the 38th annual spelling bee in 2017. Alexis’s name will join her brother’s on the regional spelling bee plaque that is placed in the first place winner’s school for the year.

Congratulations, Alexis!

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