An avid reader like Becca Willis comes across a lot of words in her travels through fiction.
In a battle that went several rounds, Willis and
Willis enjoyed “gelato;”
The two fumbled on “jitney” and “depilatory,” but then went on a tear.
Willis spelled “protuberant,”
Willis was correctly “polymathic,” and
Willis was precise with “artifice,” and
Willis was beaming when she got “incandescence,” and
Eventually, Willis spelled correctly “miasma,” and then the championship word “opulent” to outlast her opponent.
She now heads to the Big Bend Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 9 in
“I read a lot, a lot of bigger books,” she said, citing Harry Potter and “Lightning Thief,” part of a fantasy-adventure novel series based on Greek mythology, by Rick Riordan.
“I read a lot fiction, and some nonfiction, like books based on a true story,” said Willis. “I enjoy reading, whenever I have free time or right before I go to sleep.”
Willis said she is now enjoying the book “I Am Number Four,” a young adult science fiction novel by Pittacus Lore, the authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes.
She also is reading John Grisham’s latest young adult work, “Theodore Boone – The Abduction,” which may end up cutting into her sleep time.
“I did that with the ‘Hunger Games’ series,” she said. “I stayed up way past my bedtime just to finish the book.”
Also taking part in the bee, from the Franklin County School, were fourth grade winner Camille Davis and alternate Brycin Huckeba; fifth grader winner Jace Faircloth and alternate K.T. Nessly; sixth grade winner Makenzie Shuman and alternate Jessica Rudd; seventh grade winner Josie Kriss and alternate Sarah Gibbs; and eighth grade winner Nick Barwick and alternate Antonio Gallegos.
Competing for the
The bee was under the direction of
Serving as judges were Caty Greene, the librarian at the Apalachicola Municipal Library, Susan Clementson, a retired school librarian; and