2012 Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to the winners in the junior and senior grades at the 2012 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee, held Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Carver Center in Purcellville! Twenty-two homeschoolers from the county competed. The winners:

Grade 1
Leah Zielke

Grade 2 (tie)
Joanna Abraham
Cayla Marino

Grade 3
Rachel Fitzgerald

Grade 4 (tie)
Kai Gold
Clara Nemzoff

Grade 5
Olivia Haller

Grade 6
Luke Thornburgh

Grades 7 and 8
No competitors

Overall Champion
Luke Thornburgh

Luke won the spell off for 6th grade by correctly spelling isthmus and chandelier, and won the championship by correctly spelling cologne and bankruptcy.

Luke Thornburgh (L) receiving the champion trophy from Mr. Anthony DeBarros (R).

Senior Bee notes:
The senior bee ended with perfect scores for two fifth graders — Nino DeBarros and Olivia Haller — and two sixth graders — Lauren Rosenbach and Luke Thornburgh. A spell-off was held to determine the final grade winners and champion. Congratulations to Lauren and Nino on their perfect scores in the oral and written rounds!

Next:
The winners of grades 5 and 6 will compete in March at the Loudoun Regional Spelling Bee at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. The winner of that bee moves on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this spring.

Thanks:
Thank you to all the students and their parents!

Special thanks to:
Our pronouncer: Mrs. Kimberly Estep
Our judges: Mrs. Laurie Peacock and Mr. Logan Kirkpatrick
The Carver Center Staff
Audio Assistance by Mr. David Mercado of SoundView Services

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