Casting a spell: ABC sixth grader wins district bee

Spelling bee winner Becca Willis, left, and runner-up Savannah Montgomery stand in front of their co

Spelling bee winner Becca Willis, left, and runner-up Savannah Montgomery stand in front of their competition.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM.

An avid reader like Becca Willis comes across a lot of words in her travels through fiction.

The Apalachicola Bay Charter School sixth grader took full advantage of her familiarity with language at the Dec. 13 district spelling bee.

In a battle that went several rounds, Willis and ABC School seventh grader Savannah Montgomery traded correct spellings blow for blow.

Willis enjoyed “gelato;” Montgomery followed by bee-ing “inimitable.”

The two fumbled on “jitney” and “depilatory,” but then went on a tear.

Willis spelled “protuberant,” Montgomery scaled “fabulist.”

Willis was correctly “polymathic,” and Montgomery rocked with “malachite.”



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