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Albion student defends title in spelling bee

Posted 5 February 2020 at 2:55 pm

Photos courtesy of Albion Central School: The top 3 in the Albion Middle School Spelling Bee include, from left: second place winner, Ben O’Conner; first place winner, Adam Burlison; 2nd place (tie) winner, Finn McCue.

Press Release, Albion Central School

ALBION – Adam Burlison is the Albion Middle School Spelling Bee winner. This is the second year in a row that Adam has won the local spelling bee and will compete at the regional level.

He competed against 24 other students in grades 6 through 8 in the Albion competition.

It took 13 rounds to weed the spellers down to just three finalists. Finn McCue and Benjamin O’Conner were tough spellers and lasted until the 15th round when Finn misspelled the word “solace” and Ben misspelled the word “proximal.”

Adam spelled “misdemeanor” correctly in the 15thround. To win the contest, Adam had to spell the round 16 final word correctly, or Finn and Ben would have a chance to correctly spell the word and continue in the contest.

Adam’s  winning word was “hymnal.”

The audience erupted into applause when Adam spelled the word correctly.

Adam received a certificate from Middle School Principal Brad Pritchard and now moves on to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. in the Le Roy High School Auditorium.  He will compete against other local winners in the GLOW region.

Mrs. Bonnie Baldwin registers the spellers for the bee. Baldwin coordinated this year’s event.

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