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Four Boundary County students place in Regional Spelling Bee
March 18, 2018
Four local Boundary County Students participated in the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee held yesterday at North Idaho College.

Those students did fairly well, but the championship went to a fifth grade student from Hayden who studies in home school. Joseph Moran out-spelled 35 other fourth through eighth graders from the five northern counties of Idaho to become the champion in the 15th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee.

As the winner, Moran is the recipient of an all-expense paid trip to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee the end of May near Washington, D.C., courtesy of event sponsor Hagadone Newspapers. He also received a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium edition, a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, a plaque, a medallion and a North Idaho College events pass for the 2018-2019 school year.

“It was evident that this year’s participants had spent a lot of time studying and were ready to compete,” said North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Mindy Patterson.

The Boundary County students who participated in the Regional Spelling Bee were:
• Camille Ussher, an 8th grader from Boundary County Middle School, who tied for 8th place
• Ana Chase, a 6th grader from Boundary County Middle School, who tied for 9th place
• Morgan Moon, a 7th grader from Boundary County Middle School, who tied for 9th place
• Elizabeth McCoy, a 5th grader from Mt. Hall Elementary School, who tied for 10th place

To see the complete list of all participants and their finish rankings, please click here.

This year’s spelling bee went on for 26 rounds. The first runner up Urielle Abad, a seventh-grade Sandpoint Middle School student, slipped up on the word “narcissistic.” After correctly spelling “arachnid” in the round prior, Moran correctly spelled the anticipated championship word “surveillance,” to be crowned the 2018 North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee champion.

Each of the 35 participants from 40 schools in 9 districts across North Idaho, including private school and home school divisions, received medallions and NIC events passes.
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