Albion sixth-grader takes 4th in WNY spelling bee

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 March 2019 at 8:28 pm

Photo courtesy of Sue Starkweather Miller

BATAVIA – Adam Burlison is shown competing in today’s Scripps Western New York Regional Spelling Bee at Batavia High School. Adam finished 4th out of about 30 of the region’s top spellers in the grades 6 through 8.

The competition lasted about four hours and was won by Emily Mike, an eighth-grader from Mount Morris.

Adam studied more than 1,000 words to prepare the competition. He was knocked out when he missed how to spell “nadir.”

Today was also the fifth annual Run for Wayne in Albion, a run and walk in memory of Adam’s father, Wayne Burlison, who was 36 when he passed away from colon cancer on March 26, 2014. He was an elementary music teacher at Albion.

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