Bryce Morales Wins 2013 York County Spelling Bee

Post date: Apr 05, 2013 3:3:59 PM

For the second straight year, sixth grade student at Berwick Academy Bryce Morales has won the York County Spelling Bee. Morales won by spelling “periscope” correctly after going 14 rounds on February 12th at Wells Junior High School.

Virginia Bradford, a sixth grade student at Saco Middle School, received second place while sixth grade student from Wells Junior High School Spencer Poulin came in third.

In the County bee there were 22 contestants from 11 schools including home schools. Other schools participating included Biddeford Middle School, Noble Middle School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Saco Middle School, Teach Homeschool Group, Massabesic Middle School, Acton Elementary School, Sanford Junior High School and MacKanan Home School.

Morales will now attend the State Spelling Bee which will be held at Hannaford Hall on the campus of the University of Southern Maine on March 30th. Bradford will serve as Morales’ replacement in the event he cannot attend.

This marks the 15th year that Wells Junior High School has hosted the York County Spelling Bee. The 2012 Bee was the first to go 25 rounds at WJHS.

The Spelling Pronouncer of the York County Spelling Bee was Trisha Winslow. Judges included Patricia Hayden, Rachel Kilbride, Martha Chessie and Susan Onion. Governors of the York County Bee are Vicki Aldridge and Lynn Mercier.

The Wells Junior High School Spelling Bee was held on February 5th. In that local bee, Jackson Woodman came in 1st and Spencer Poulin came in 2nd.

Caption: (l to r) Bryce Morales, Virginia Bradford and Spencer Poulin.