Rockland student wins county spelling bee

By Stephanie Grinnell | Feb 13, 2014
Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell Rockland District Middle School student Chloe Courant spells the Knox County Spelling Bee winning word — perceived — as Leo Kalajian of Camden-Rockport Middle School and August Gray of Appleton Village School show their dismay at previously misspelling words.

Rockland — Sixth-grader Chloe Courant of Rockland District Middle claimed the title of county spelling bee champion Feb. 12.

Seven students from five area schools competed through seven rounds before Courant was named champion on the words "porosity" and "perceived."

There was a tie for runner-up between Camden-Rockport Middle School eighth-grade student Leo Kalajian and Appleton Village School's August Gray. Kalajian won the challenge by correctly spelling "complacency" while Gray stumbled on "elegiac."

Following an explanation of the rules by Rockland District Middle School teacher Suzanne McMackin, students participated in a practice round featuring words like "rug," "eel," "tape" and "shy."

Round one saw correct spellings of words like "famished" by Sophie Dorsky of Appleton Village School, "lucrative" by Molly Davis of Riley School in Rockport, "diadem" by Kalajian and "travesty" by Courant. Camden-Rockport Middle School eighth-grader Braden Fisher was knocked out of contention by "winnow."

The next round proved too much for Dorsky and Davis, who incorrectly spelled "corduroy" and "emblazoned," respectively. Continuing on to round three were Laticia Billings, an eighth-grade student from Hope Elementary School who correctly spelled "photogenic" as well as Kalajian with "imperious," Gray with "mammalian" and Courant tackling "adroitly."

Each correctly spelled "tangible,"derivative," "acrylics" and "leonine" to move on to round four. Billings returned to her seat after a miscue on "rejuvenate" during round four and rounds five and six remained a three-way tie featuring words including "congressional," "dodecahedron" and "gustatory."

In round seven, both Kalajian and Gray stumbled, making errors when spelling "appellate" and "ombudsman," respectively, leaving the door wide open for Courant.

Courant qualified for the state spelling bee, set to take place Saturday, March 22 in Portland. If Courant is unable to attend, Kalajian will take her place representing Knox County.

The bee was moderated by Ellen Spring and judged by Adam Roberge, Susan McNeilly and Melanie Slocum.

Rockland District Middle School teacher Suzanne McMackin, right, holds cards to be drawn by students to determine the order in which they will spell. Sophie Dorsky, foreground, chooses her card, as Chloe Courant prepares for the bee. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Area students Sophie Dorsky, Molly Davis, Laticia Billings, Leo Kalajian, August Gray, Chloe Courant and Braden Fisher await the start of the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Appleton Village School student Sophie Dorsky spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Hope Elementary School student Laticia Billings spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Appleton Village School student August Gray spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Rockland District Middle School student Chloe Courant spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Camden-Rockport Middle School student Braden Fisher spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Riley School student Molly Davis spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Camden-Rockport Middle School student Leo Kalajian concentrates as he spells during the Knox County Spelling Bee at Rockland District Middle School Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Knox County Spelling Bee runner-up Leo Kalajian and winner Chloe Courant look on as Rockland District Middle School teacher Suzanne McMackin walks them through paperwork for the state bee. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Area students Braden Fisher, Leo Kalajian, Molly Davis, Sophie Dorsky, Laticia Billings, Chloe Courant and August Gray pose for a photo following the finish of the Knox County Spelling Bee Feb. 12. (Photo by: Stephanie Grinnell)
Comments (1)
Posted by: RSU #13 CENTRAL OFFICE | Feb 14, 2014 09:37

Congratulations Chloe !  We are proud of you

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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.

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