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The Champion and Runner-up with their ribbons and trophies
A group picture with all 12 spellers with the principal and superintendent

Congratulations to all participants; they were impressive spellers indeed!

Grade 5: Will Bennett, Maddux Oosterveen, and Ella Trefethen

Grade 6: Owen Cray, Cole Cochrane, and Trevor Abel

Grade 7: Leah Nagy, Wyatt Barrett, and Bridget Hilton

Grade 8: Anna Ros, Sudeshna Chakraborty, and Brendan Griffin

Ives spelling bee

A collage of 4 spellers, one from each grade level, at the microphones

What an exciting spelling bee it was! On Thursday, January 10, the BMS audience listened intently as twelve grade-level finalists flawlessly spelled such words as “balustrade,” “asseveration,” and “auf Wiedersehen.” Seventeen rounds and ninety-eight words later, Anna Ros, grade 8, edged out classmate and Runner-Up Sudeshna Chakraborty by spelling “wallaby” and “hillock” correctly to claim the title. Sudeshna had worked her way through two championship rounds against Anna until she misstepped on the word “tournament.” This was Anna's first trip to the schoolwide bee.

As the Ives Spelling Bee Champion, Anna will advance directly to the NH Union Leader State Spelling Bee, which will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2018 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. There she will compete against 200 of the state’s top spellers. The student to emerge as the top speller will represent the Granite State at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May in Washington, D.C. Good luck, Anna!

Special thanks go to to our official pronouncer, Superintendent Dr. Dean Cascadden.

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