Posted 2/23/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
Words like chortle, ultimate, paragon, casserole and personnel were successfully spelled leading up to a spell-off between two students during the Divide County Spelling Bee, held Friday.
Lydia Martin, grade 7, and Anthony Johnson, grade 6, went head to head for two rounds.
“It gave me goose bumps,” said organizer Jane Niemitalo, who is also the high school’s English teacher.
Johnson missed the word “obscure” in the eighth round and Martin successfully spelled the words “nationalism” and “quid pro quo” to claim the first place spot.
“I’ve never practiced,” said Martin, who felt confident because she has always been pretty good at spelling.
She is the daughter of Ruth and Phillip Martin, Crosby.
Johnson’s parents are Kyle and Bridget Johnson, Crosby.
Earlier, words like vague, genteel, enunciate and mogul knocked out other finalists.
The competition, conducted entirely of oral rounds this year, began with 28 students.
By virtue of their finishes on the county level, both Martin and Johnson are now eligible to attend the State Spelling Bee, to be conducted on Monday, March 21, in Bismarck.