The fourth annual Sedalia Middle School Scripps Spelling Bee was held March 19 at the Sedalia Middle School.
Sixth-grader Josh Sturgill was declared the champion speller during Round 4, beating four other contestants.
All students competed in a team paper/pencil preliminary test during the last week in February.
Approximately 20 qualifying students from each team then competed in an oral team bee where the top three competitors advanced to the school bee.
Eighteen contestants competed — nine from each grade level. By the end of Round 4, the five remaining contestants battled, with Josh Sturgill receiving and correctly spelled the champion word simile.
The bee continued to Round 5, where two students remained to determine the first runner up. Those two students, Jacob Acklin, fifth grader, and Vlad Husyev, sixth grader, battled for 13 rounds before a runner up could be determined. Jacob Acklin received and correctly spelled the runner up champion word vulnerable.
Acklin received the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Powerspeak, online world language course
Sturgill received an online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate for a 2013 United States Mint Proof Set and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Bee.