EMS sixth grade student Kareena Bhakta won First Runner Up at the county spelling bee on February 1.
Bhakta outlasted 26 competitors and made it to the 21st round, battling one on one with a student from Andover Middle School for nine rounds before misspelling wainscot. The Andover student correctly spelled the championship word of poinsettia to claim first place. Words spelled correctly included: jacuzzi, muttonchops, courteous, eviscerated, dross, sultan, excise, canasta, crochet, incorruptible, hazard, quesadilla, postmortem, anchovy, and belay.
Gretchen Raple represented Blackmore Elementary at the bee, making it to the top ten and round six before misspelling stucco. Words spelled correctly included: hibiscus, gaiters, expiation, cinnabar, and seersucker.
Jacob Schafer, representing Grandview Elementary, misspelled rivulets during the first round.
Ethan Beard, representing Skelly Elementary, misspelled haberdashery during the first round.
Kareena Bhakta won 1st Runner Up at the Butler County Spelling Bee.