Congratulations to Bridgeport, Conn. Magnet School student, Janelle Newell!
From the Hartford Courant:
After acing words like shogun, ergonomic and babushka, 12-year-old Janelle Newell had it all on the line Saturday with one final spelling puzzle.
She nailed the word — “Spencerian” — and her only remaining competitor, Rod Chittem, stumbled on “forbearance.” And so after 17 rounds of competition, Janelle was declared the winner of the Connecticut Spelling Bee.
“I feel amazing, but I never thought I would win,” Janelle said after defeating 41 other young students from across the state.