Sophie Reynolds, center, a fourth-grader at Litchfield Intermediate School, was the winner of the Two Districts, One Spelling Bee on Tuesday. James Morris School fourth-grader Mikayla Barone, left, and Goshen Center School fourth-grader Ella Turtoro were the runners up. BZ photo
Eight talented local students kept a crowd of parents, family members and school staff on the edge of their seats Tuesday when they dueled each other in the Two Districts, One Spelling Bee at the Litchfield Community Center.
When 30 rounds of words were over, Litchfield Intermediate School fourth-grader Sophie Reynolds was the last one standing. She won the event’s trophy by successfully spelling “arrondissement” on her final trip to the microphone. Reynolds outlasted the two other finalists, Goshen Center School fourth-grader Ella Turtoro and James Morris School fourth-grader Mikayla Barone, to win the title.
The prize for Reynolds was a shiny trophy.
There were eight students in the competition, two from Litchfield Intermediate School and two from each of the elementary schools in Warren, Morris and Goshen. The eight students were the winners of spelling bees in their respective schools. Joining Reynolds in representing LIS was Kamilah Keneshbaeva, while Allie Pape was the second JMS representative and Henry Quinn was the second GCS representative. Carrying the banner for the Warren Schools were Ava Oravetz and Ben Hoar.
Pam Vecca, the K-12 humanities coordinator in Region 6, read the words students were asked to spell. Judges were Wamogo Regional High School Principal Sabin Loveland, Center School Principal Lisa Deltano, and Amy Kennedy, chief academic officer for Region 6 and Litchfield.
The spelling bee was the latest in a series of collaborative ventures by the two districts.