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Mt. Blue spelling bee champs named


The four representatives from Mt. Blue Regional School District to the countywide spelling bee, are from left to right: Brittney Hamilton, Dakota Crockett, Brendan Hickey and Miriam Cohen (who finished first place).


FARMINGTON - Thirteen students from Mt. Blue Regional School District put their vocabularies to the test last week, as they competed for spots at the countywide meet in February.

Miriam Cohen, a student at Mt. Blue Middle School, took first place at the event. She correctly spelled "monstrosity" and then "herringbone" to beat out runner-up Brendan Hickey, also of MBMS. Accompanying Cohen and Hickey to county event at Strong Elementary School will be Brittany Hamilton and Dakota Crockett, both from MBMS. Kayla Kenney, of Cascade Brook School, will serve as the group's alternate.

The 13 students from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades competed in the district-wide spelling bee after winning events at their individual schools. Cape Cod Hill School Principal Cheryl Pike, who has run the event for the last five years, sits with a panel of judges who determine if the student spelled the word correctly. Some of the event's offerings included "pedicure," "enzyme," "thespian," "abracadabra," "grammarian," and "aborigine."

Also participating in the event were students Grace Andrews, Taylor Burke, Brandon Durrell, Chelsea Kane, James McBean, Tyler Poisson, Charlene Pratt and Nolan Rogers. The countywide bee will be held on Feb. 8 at Strong Elementary at 7 p.m.

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