Annika Johnson, Luke Weber Win AE/MS Spelling Bee

Noah Berry goes out with a "bang"!

On January 11, 36 AE/MS students in grades four through eight participated in the school-level 2013 Scripps Spelling Bee. This year’€™s bee was full of challenging words such as whiskery, provincial, and subsequent. A previous champion, Noah Berry, was given the word sporadic. Ever the comedian, he spelled it as B-A-N-G, leaving the competition with a bang!
Participants in the AE/MS spelling bee: Back: Jacqui Morris, Logan Farley, Maya Haynes, Kaitlyn French, Matt Braley, Keygan Sweeney, Annika Johnson, Savannah Pease, Alexis Cate, Ben Proulx, Noah Berry, Kevin Barry. Middle: Madisyn Brayshaw, Brianna Tilton, Jack Newton, Tori Braley, Grace DelSignore, Garrett Munson, Riley Keezer, Hunter Hawks, Nelson Makechnie, Britta Johnson. Front: Hunter Bonk, Curtis Chamberlin, Carl Hubbard, Luke Weber, Myles Powers, Cope Makechnie, DJ Rankins, Alex Sargent, Betsy Abrahamson, Jared Duquette, Katelyn Barton, Aarionne McMahone, Aura Howe. Caption: Amanda Lauster. Photo: Jane Slayton
Our AE/MS 2013 Spelling Bee Champion is eighth grader Annika Johnson. Annika has qualified every year she was eligible. Her championship word was extant. Extant is pronounced EK-stant and is defined as “currently or actually in existence.” This year’€™s runner up and alternate was seventh grader Luke Weber. Annika will now participate in the state spelling bee in Concord on March 2. Good luck, Annika! Caption: Amanda Lauster. Photo: Jane Slayton