Top 100 Spelling Bee Champions (pg 4)

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61.  Megan Keib
Award Given: 2008 Middle School Spelling Bee Champion

School: Wellsville Middle School

"Hosta" was the word that won the title of Spelling Bee champion, for eighth-grader Megan Keib in the middle school's annual contest held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. She correctly spelled the word after asking for its origin, the etymology of the word. Hosta is an eponym whose origin is from the botanist's name who named the plant which we know today as a "hosta." She received a trophy from the school and will receive the winner's dictionary from the Buffalo News, which has sponsored this event locally for 80 years. Keib will also participate in the written county spelling bee test on February 4.
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62.  Michalina Kulesza
Award Given: Freeman-sponsored 25th Regional Spelling Bee 2009 Champion

School: St. Mary of the Snow School, Saugerties, New York

Regional Spelling Bee winner Michalina Kulesza, 12, who lives in Cairo and is the second consecutive regional representative from Ulster County Catholic schools, has collected words the old-fashioned way from the dictionary. She reached the national competition by winning the Freeman-sponsored 25th Regional Spelling Bee at Ulster County Community College in March. In Washington, D.C., she will be competing against 293 other contestants — the most in the national bee’s history — ranging in age from 8 to 15.
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63.  Emma A. Kolinsky

Award Given: 2009 Orange County Spelling Bee Champion
School: Valley Central Middle School, Montgomery, New York

Emma Kolinsky, a 7th grade student from Valley Central Middle School was this year's winner of the Orange County Spelling Bee held on March 18th. Emma prevailed with the correct spelling of the word R-E-L-E-V- A-N-T. Emma now has the opportunity to compete in the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May, courtesy of the Times Herald Record.
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64.  Legan Bayombo

Award Given: the 2009 district spelling bee Champion

School: A.B. Davis Middle School, New York

Legan Bayomobo, a 13-year-old A.B. Davis Middle School student, will represent Mount Vernon in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. By spelling the word cravat correctly Legan was able to secure his fate an be declared the winner of the district spelling bee. His father Denabwe Bayombo said he knew his son would master the word, of French origin meaning neck band, because the family are natives of Congo and speak fluent French.
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65.  Thomas J. Harkins

Award Given: 2009 New York state spelling-bee champion

School: Dyker Heights Intermediate School, New York

Harkins said he is an avid reader who enjoys the challenges spelling competitions bring but he realizes he can't grow up and be a professional speller and get paid for it. Thomas Harkins, the recently crowned New York state spelling-bee champion and an avid NASCAR fan, thought he was going to the track to watch practice. But little did the 14-year-old know he had to put on his thinking cap and go to work calling on several different NASCAR figureheads and drivers stationed and at the wait to give the student a word challenge.
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66.  Talia Weisberg

Award Given: 2009 New York City Daily News Spelling Bee Champion

School: Manhattan Day School, New York, New York

Talia Weisberg, an eighth-grade student at Manhattan Day School, a Jewish Orthodox yeshiva, won the New York City Daily News Spelling Bee on March 24, 2009. This year, her winning word was quietive, which means a sedative or tranquilizer . Weisberg's prizes were a trophy, laptop, tickets to Broadway play In the Heights, the soundtrack of In the Heights, and a signed poster from the cast, tickets to the Ringling Brothers circus, tickets to the Bronx Zoo, tickets to Circleline Cruises, and a savings bond from Jay Sugarman.
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67.  Lea Davis
Award Given: 2009 Seventh Annual Daily Star Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Oxford Central School, Oxford , New York

An Oxford Central School eighth-grader is among the 293 competitors at the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which starts today. Lea Davis, 13, said she was having fun in the Washington area as she awaited the start of the competition. Lea Davis spelled the word "endemic" correctly at the seventh annual Daily Star Regional Spelling Bee in Oneonta in March to qualify. Davis' trip to the National Bee is sponsored by The Daily Star.
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68.  Jake Gerk
Award Given: 2010 Northeast Colorado Regional Spelling bee Champion

School: Haxtun; Brush Middle School

Jake Gerk of Haxtun prevailed after nine rounds and about two hours of the oral finals by correctly spelling “omniscient.” That word — which means “knowing all things” — might have been used to describe Gerk’s spelling performance by the 122 other spellers from 16 schools across the region who competed in the annual bee at the Fort Morgan Recreation Center on Wednesday.
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69.  Leo Lee
Award Given: 2011 CVES Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Seton Catholic School

The Grand Champion, Leo Lee of Seton Catholic School, also won a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC on June 1-2. All travel expenses for the Grand Champion and his chaperone will be paid by the Press-Republican and the North Country Parents for the National Spelling Bee.
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70.  Adrianna Ellison
Award Given: the 29th Tri-State Spelling Bee 2008 Champion

School: New Life Christian School in Matamoras

To win, Adrianna needed to spell one more word correctly. She breezed through "recidivist." A subsequently study of the word list and the official rules resulted in Adrianna being declared the winner after all. Among other prizes, Adrianna, daughter of Jim and Robin Ellison of Matamoras, and Caitlin, daughter of Vladimir and Mary Sue Wardell of suburban Milford, win an all-expenses paid trip in May to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington.
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71.  Zachary Zagorski
Award Given: 2008 The Long Island Spelling Bee

School: Oceanside Middle School, Oceanside, New York

After a string of difficult words, including "koan," "zeitgeber" and "dossier," Zachary Zagorski, 12, a seventh-grader from Oceanside Middle School, won the Long Island spelling bee championship .
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72.  Katherine Schumacher
Award Given: The 2010 Post Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee Champion

School: Durgee Junior High School

Katherine Schumacher of Baldwinsville was a repeat champion Saturday in The Post- Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee. The Durgee Junior High eighth-grader, who defeated classmate Dana Norton in the final round, earns a second consecutive trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 31 to June 6. She correctly spelled the word transilient to win the bee, which was held in the WCNY studios on Old Liverpool Road.
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73.  Siraj Sindhu
Award Given: the 21st annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, 2009 Champion

School: Case Middle School, Watertown , New York

After two hours and 20 rounds of a one-on-one match, Mr. Sindhu sealed his third win in a row by spelling "arachnid." The 14-year-old again will travel to the national bee in Washington, D.C., in May. In previous years, he has advanced to the quarterfinals. He said he's more confident this year because he has more experience with the national competition.
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74.  Christopher Jury
Award Given: New Zealand's best speller, in the Vegemite Spelling Bee, 2009 Champion

School: Hamilton Boys' High School, Hamilton

Christopher Jury, 13, beat 12 other finalists in Wellington on Saturday afternoon, taking home a trophy and the chance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States. He says he will spend the next two months studying from a dictionary that contains 470,000 words using American spelling. Christopher won the New Zealand spelling bee with the word "iterative".
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75.  Camille Miller
Award Given: 2010 Lexington City Schools Annual Spelling Bee Champion

School: Lexington Middle School

Camille Miller, an eighth-grader took home the 2010 title by beating five other students after six rounds. S-C-R-U-P-L-E was the winning word Wednesday in the Lexington City Schools Annual Spelling Bee. Miller will now advance to the 68th annual regional spelling bee at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem on March 14.
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76.  Vaibhav Shrishail

Award Given: 2009 Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Community House Middle School

Vaibhav Shrishail, an eighth-grade student at Community House Middle School, took top honors at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. The 12-year-old’s winning word was foraminate, which means “full of holes” according to

Vaibhav is a member of the school’s National Academic League club. Vaibhav will now compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 26-28.

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77.  Jackson Hunter

Award Given: 2010 Edmonton Journal Regional Spelling Bee Champion

School: Strathcona County's Ministik Elementary

It took 10 rounds and two potential championship words, but Jackson Hunter, 11, from Strathcona County's Ministik Elementary School, was crowned the winner Sunday at the seventh annual Edmonton Journal Regional Spelling Bee. Jackson’s winning word was ‘Pachinko,’ a Japanese gaming machine similar to pinball. Jackson was one of only four competitors who survived a brutal fifth round, which eliminated 19 of his competitors.
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78.  Derek Chan
Award Given: 2009 Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee Champion

School: Hope Mills Middle School,  North Carolina

By spelling the word facetious, Derek Chan, 8th grade student at Hope Mills Middle School became Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee Champion. The District Bee was held at the Educational Resource Center (ERC) on Friday, March 6. Eleven Students competed for the coveted title of District Spelling Bee Champion, and a chance to represent the Cumberland County Schools in the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship in Washington, DC.
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79.  Audrey Hale
Award Given: The Countywide Grade-level Spelling Bee, 2008 Grades 5-8 Champion

School: Swartz Creek Middle School

Audrey Hale, an 8th-grade student at Swartz Creek Middle School, correctly spelled the word "spectacles" to win. On February 21, 2008, the Glenowyn L. Jones Championship Spelling Bee,Grades 5-8, and the Vertie D. Brewer Championship Spelling Bee, Grades 9-12, were held for students winning first and second place in the countywide grade-level spelling bees.
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80.  Gabriela Diaz
Award Given: 56th annual Caller-Times South Texas Regional Spelling Bee 2009 Champion

School: Calallen Middle School

Gabriela, a seventh-grade student at Calallen Middle School, definitely knows how to spell. Q-U-A-T-E-R-C-E-N-T-E-N-A-R-Y. It means 400th anniversary and was Gabriela’s winning word, allowing her to take the title as the regional spelling bee champion and advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 26 in Washington, D.C. Gabriela was among 96 students competing this year from an 11-county region.
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