Nothing desultory for reigning spelling bee champ Ronan Howlett of Middlebury

first_imgRonan Howlett bested 42 other students from across Vermont to win the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Howlett, an eighth grader from Middlebury Union Middle School, and last year’ s winner, will now compete against top spellers from every other state in the nation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, in June.  The winning word was ‘ desultory,’ an adjective which means ‘ marked by absence of a plan; disconnected; jumping from one thing to another; digressing from the main subject; random.’  Emily Ballou, of South Royalton School, came in second. Nicholas Knudsen, of Frederick H Tuttle Middle School came in third. In addition to advancing to the national spelling bee, Ronan Howlett received a trophy, an iPad and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by FairPoint Communications, Vermont Lake Monsters, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Agency of Education. For more information on the national bee, visit www.spellingbee.com(link is external). Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who participated in the bee already competed in their regional bees this winter. Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals’ Association introduced the event, which was held in the McCarthy Arts Center at Saint Michael’ s College. Adam Silverman of the Burlington Free Press served as pronouncer for the event. Peter Gilbert, Executive Director, Vermont Humanities Council; Mike Smith, State President, FairPoint Communications; and John Fischer, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Agency of Education served as judges this year. Linda Wrazen of the Vermont Humanities Council and Deputy Commissioner Fischer presented the awards.2013 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants Albany Community SchoolAutumnPerronAlbert D Lawton Intermediate SchoolIsabellePetrucciBarre City Elementary Middle SchoolCarliHarrisBarre Town Middle Elementary SchoolJuliaJaminetBethel Elementary SchoolGrace LaFromboiseBrighton Elementary SchoolColbyWorthCamels Hump Middle SchoolBecketHillCharlotte Central SchoolAbigailPostlewaiteChrist The King SchoolEsaAndersonCrossett Brook Middle SchoolHarley Miller-RowleyDanville SchoolChelsea CarcobaDority Home SchoolFinnDorityDothan Brook SchoolJessicaPatersonEdmunds Middle SchoolJuliaDrummondFlood Brook Union 20 Elementary SchoolCorynnWasylikoFrederick H Tuttle Middle SchoolNicholasKnudsenHarwood Union Middle/high SchoolErinMagillLyndon Town SchoolKayannaBurnsMain Street Middle SchoolAsaRichardson-SkinderMater Christi SchoolTracyFergusonMiddlebury Union Middle SchoolRonan HowlettMill River Union High SchoolEmilyBusheyMilton Elementary SchoolSamuelDooleyMt Anthony Union Middle SchoolTuckerBeaudoinNewBrook Elementary SchoolFairen StarkRichford Junior Senior High SchoolJosephWillsRiverside SchoolKaciCochranRutland Intermediate SchoolWilliamLatkinShelburne Community SchoolThomasDaleyShrewsbury Mountain Elementary SchoolOliviaSukerSouth Royalton SchoolEmilyBallouSt. Mary SchoolColinDowdStowe Middle High SchoolRosalieWasserThaddeaus Stevens SchoolLucindaStorzThetford AcademyRaphaelOrleck-JetterThetford Elementary SchoolOwenDeffnerTunbridge Central SchoolConnorLambertTwin Valley Middle SchoolDylanFlorenceWalden SchoolAzariahThomaWaterford Elementary SchoolLindseyWoodWestshire Elementary SchoolLoganGarrWilliston Central SchoolNatalieDurieuxlast_img

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