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The contest to determine which of the county’s four top spellers would represent Trimble at the regional Spelling Bee in Louisville was quick, but not so painless.
Held Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Bedford Elementary School library, the county spelling bee pitted BES fifth-grader Emily Line against Trimble County Middle School sixth-grader Austin Huff, Milton Elementary fourth-grader Savanna Putman and county homeschool winner Sabrina Moll.
In about four short rounds, or about 10 minutes, Austin Huff came out the winner, correctly spelling the word “memorize.”
Some tears were shed by the contestants who were knocked out of the running, but Superintendent Marcia Haney-Dunaway was quick to point out that each of the children who made it to the county level were the champions at their schools.
Huff was presented a certificate and will compete 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20 in the 17th Annual Derby Festival Spelling Bee at the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville. Students from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana participate in the Derby bee.
The winner of that contest receives a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond; second place receives a $2,500 bond; third, a $1,000 bond; and fourth, a $500 bond.
The Derby bee’s first-place winner also earns an all-expense paid trip to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in June.
Last year’s regional winner was Priyanka Sheth, a fifth-grader at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bowling Green, Ky.