187 words and 29 rounds comprised one of the longest most competitive Cannon County spelling bees in recent history and the marathon contest was won by spelling the word “camelot.”
Eastside's Lauren Underwood spelled the word correctly and will now be headed to Nashville in March to participate in the Statewide Spelling Bee contest at Belmont University.
23 Cannon County 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated in this year’s event at Westside School Thursday night in which it took 16 rounds to get down to the final two contestants.
Baylee Nemeth from Woodland School almost had it won in the 23rd round when Lauren misspelled “disappearance.” Baylee spelled “intrigue” right but miscued on the word “impenetrable” giving Lauren new life.
Six rounds later Baylee missed the word “syringe.” After Lauren spelled “insulation” correctly, she then spelled “Camelot” for the win.
Nemeth captured second place, Austin Brock of Eastside finished third, while Kyle Margarito of Westside claimed fourth, and Woodland's Maggie Cook finished fifth.
Student Spelling Bee Participants (*Finished in top of school spelling bees but did not participate in County Spelling Bee)