After 17 rounds of fierce word-to-word competition, Riley Hubbard, a Phoenix Middle School eighth grader, was declared champion of the school’s annual Spelling Bee.
Hubbard correctly spelled “lightning” and “marshmallow” over the final two rounds to take the title and move on to a regional competition that will take place later this school year at a site that is to-be-determined.
Second-place finisher Troy Feeney, a seventh grader, was ousted after forgetting the first “n” in lightning. He and Hubbard went head-to-head for four rounds.
Julien Riviere finished in third place, lasing 12 rounds. He missed “murmur,” replacing the final “u” with an “e.”
Hubbard said he doesn’t have any special techniques. An avid reader and writer, Hubbard said he just sees the word in his head and spells it out.
Additional Phoenix Middle School students who qualified for the Bee were sixth graders Drinton Ademi, Lucas Anditon, Ross Morgan, Johana Mendez, Jada Thur and Alex Valadez; seventh grader Anthony Ross; and eighth graders Dallas Fritzinger, Jessica Hernandez, Rodrigo Mendoza and Amber Reed.
All of the participants won their Language Arts classroom bees to advance to the school finals.
Congratulations to all of the Phoenix Middle School spellers!