After f-i-e-r-c-e competition, Ethan VanDerwerken wins Schoharie Central
School Spelling Bee for 3rd time
competition was fierce and words such as quashed, gnarled and bedraggled
were spelled correctly, but Ethan VanDerwerken won his third consecutive
Schoharie Central School Spelling Bee after 17 rounds by correctly
spelling infuriating and coronet.
The Jan. 5 Spelling Bee featured competitors from
grades 4 through 8 who qualified by scoring the highest on a written
spelling test. They included:
Grade 4: Jimmy Alexander, Sean Harrington,
Truman Loeper and Sophia Watson
Grade 5: Connor Dietz, Adrian Lindemann, Andrew Martin and Sophia Styles
Grade 6: Kevin Lawyer, Josh Mitchell, Ethan Smith, Gavin Thomas and
Grade 7: Erica Cater, Mia Rowe, Trinity Santoro, and Jacqueline Sullivan
Grade 8: John Blackwood, Mackenzie Heath and Ethan VanDerwerken
High School Librarian Marian Burghart served as the
bee's pronouncer. Elementary Principal Andrea Polikoski and PTSO members
Samantha Ballard and Vanessa Repicky served as judges for the bee, which
was the school’s 20th.
"The 4th and 5th graders represented their
classes well, showing that they had prepared for the bee by studying the
word list," said Debra Schaffer, 4th-grade teacher.
"There was a two–way tie for third place between
Adrian Lindemann and Dylan Wayman-Bender. Then the competition went 9
rounds between Gavin Thomas and Ethan VanDerwerken. Words such as
quashed, gnarled and bedraggled were spelled correctly," she continued.
"Ethan ended up winning the Spelling Bee for the
third consecutive year by spelling the words infuriating and coronet
"Ethan will represent Schoharie Central School at
the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady.
Last year Ethan placed 7th in the Regional Bee. We wish him luck in the
competition this year."