Eighth-grade Canfield Middle School student Tricia McCullough, of Coeur d’Alene, out-spelled 44 other fourth- through eighth-graders from the five northern counties of Idaho to become the champion speller in the ninth annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee March 23 at North Idaho College.
McCullough previously participated in the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee as a fourth-grader in 2009 and fifth-grader in 2010.
McCullough is the recipient of an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 26 through May 31, courtesy of event sponsor Hagadone Newspapers. She also received a Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, a $100 Samuel Louis Sugarman U.S. savings bond, a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online Student Edition, a plaque, a medallion and a North Idaho College events pass for the 2013-2014 school year.
“It was evident that this year’s participants had spent a lot of time studying and were ready to compete,” said North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Mindy Patterson.
This year’s spelling bee went on for 12 rounds. The second-place speller Rebekah Pinkerton, a seventh-grade homeschool student from Coeur d’Alene who won the regional spelling bee in 2011, slipped up on the word “backstein.” After correctly spelling “terrapin” in the round prior, McCullough correctly spelled the anticipated championship word “precocious,” to be crowned the 2013 North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee champion.
Brilliana Preston, an eighth-grade private school student from Christian Center School, earned third place, making it to Round 10 of the bee before tripping up on the word “peloton.”
Each of the 44 participants from 54 schools in 11 districts across North Idaho, including private school and home school divisions, received medallions and NIC events passes.
The event was sponsored by Hagadone Newspapers and coordinated/hosted by NIC.
Tricia McCullough, an eighth-grader at Canfield Middle School, accepts her first place award at the 2013 North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee.
North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee placings were as follows:
Placing Eliminated Participant: Grade: District: School: 1st place (Round 12) Tricia McCullough 8th Coeur d’Alene Canfield Middle School 2nd place (Round 11) Rebekah Pinkerton 7th Home Coeur d’Alene 3rd place (Round 10) Brilliana Preston 8th Private Christian Center School 4th place (Round 8) Evan Schwaab 7th Coeur d’Alene Lakes Middle School 5th place (Round 7) Katie Clairmont 5th Boundary County Valley View Elementary 6th place (Round 6) Chloe Livingston 6th West Bonner Co. Priest River Elementary Jaycee Forell 4th Lake Pend Oreille Sagle Elementary Esther Pinkerton 6th Home Coeur d’Alene 7th place (Round 5) Andrea Golden 5th Coeur d’Alene Fernan Elementary Grant O’Brien 4th Coeur d’Alene Ramsey Elementary Natalia Madison 6th Lake Pend Oreille Forrest M. Bird Charter Josiah Pinkerton 4th Home Coeur d’Alene Preston Pfau 6th Private North Idaho Christian Acad. Maleah Harshman 7th Lake Pend Oreille Forrest M. Bird Charter 8th place (Round 4) Tristan Kruenegel 6th Coeur d’Alene Sorensen Elementary 9th place (Round 3) Olivia Cooper 4th Lakeland Garwood Elementary John Ingersoll 6th St. Maries St. Maries Middle School Kiara Whalen 5th Home Spirit Lake Mackenzie Wolfe 8th Lake Pend Oreille Sandpoint Middle School Austin Bartley 8th Kellogg Kellogg Middle School Cassie Tappa 8th Lakeland Lakeland Junior High 10th place (Round 2) Darren Higgins 4th Plummer-Worley Lakeside Elementary Regina Flemming 5th Plummer-Worley Lakeside Elementary Kaiden Pollard 5th Lakeland John Brown Elementary Mariah Roy 7th Boundary County Boundary Co. Middle School Brenna Ells 4th West Bonner Co. Priest River Elementary Alexandra Lile 6th Kellogg Kellogg Middle School Madison Napierala 7th Kootenai Kootenai Jr/Sr High School Elizabeth Langer 5th Kellogg Sunnyside Elementary 11th place (Round 1) Cheyenne Wellman 6th Kootenai Kootenai Jr/Sr Hig School Alyssa Adams 6th Lakeland Athol Elementary Chase Tucker 4th Boundary County Valley View Elementary Kennedy Lafountaine 5th Kootenai Harrison Elementary Michaela Lafountaine 8th Kootenai Kootenai Jr/Sr High School Illijah Karasek 5th Lake Pend Oreille Washington Elementary Jonathan Miller 8th West Bonner Co. Priest River Jr High Alex Beauchman 7th St. Maries St. Maries Middle School Jordan Lo 7th Kellogg Kellogg Middle School Kara Slater 5th West Bonner Co. Idaho Hill Elementary Haley Billingsley 7th Lakeland Lakeland Junior High School Randie Becktel 4th St. Maries Heyburn Elementary Madison Chase 5th St. Maries Heyburn Elementary Thorin Panke 7th Private Silver Valley Christian Acad. Ben Brock 5th Private North Idaho Christian School