top spellers

Gila County Superintendent of Schools Roy Sandoval, at left, presented awards to the top finishers: Young Public School’s Spencer Jackson, first; Rim Country Middle School’s Darren Miller, second; and K-8’s Leonor Hambly, third.

Wondering how your kids, you or spouse, would succeed at a spelling bee?

Try this dinnertime challenge — Go around the table asking each in turn to spell words such as: mahimahi, herbivore, pumpernickel, greengage, saxophone, haiku, kahuna, hawthorn, machismo, diatribe, waywiser, and belladonna.

Those were just a few of the puzzlers challenging 32 students from across Gila County at the 2019 Spelling Bee. Nine were eliminated in Round 1; successive rounds winnowed the field until Young Public School’s Spencer Jackson spelled the championship word in the 10th Round — placing first.

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