Spangler claims Osage County spelling championship for 2020

After 16 rounds of fierce competition, eighth-grader Tristan Spangler, representing Carbondale Attendance Center, claimed the title of Osage County’s championship speller for 2020, during the countywide spelling bee held Feb. 5, at the Osage City school auditorium.

Tristan competed against nine other champion spellers chosen from five school districts in Osage County at their own school bees. Tristan and the Osage County runner-up, Dylan Theel, sixth-grader from Osage City Middle School, will represent the county at the statewide Sunflower Spelling Bee, March 21, 2020, at Newman University, Wichita, Kan.

Tristan Spangler, left, is Osage County’s champion speller for 2020; Dylan Theel is runner-up.

Competing Wednesday at Osage City were Lyla Sterbenz, fifth grade, Burlingame Elementary School; Taneal Stevenson, seventh grade, Burlingame Junior High School; Tristan Spangler, eighth grade, CAC; Colt Jones, fifth grade, CAC; Samantha Cole, eighth grade, Lyndon Middle School; Nathan Roll, seventh grade, LMS; Olivia Lacey, eighth grade, Marais des Cygnes Valley Junior High School; Emily Criqui, fourth grade, MdCV Elementary School; Sawyer Dorsey, fifth grade, OCMS; and Dylan Theel, sixth grade, OCMS.

The first round of Wednesday’s bee was successful for all competitors, but the second round started the steady drop off of contestants with incorrect spellings – “savvy” and “boycott” stymied two competitors. Round three “whisked” away another. In round four, seven competitors were whittled down to four with incorrect spellings of “dawdle”, “squirm”, and “treadmill”.

In the next five tense rounds, Tristan, Dylan, and Sawyer Dorsey, battled it out with last year’s county champion, Samantha Cole. In round 10, Samantha slipped up on “boorish”, leaving the two Osage City spellers and Tristan vying for the championship. The first speller in round 12, Sawyer, stumbled on “ingredient”, leaving Dylan and Tristan knowing one of them would be champ and the other runner up.

They continued for four more rounds when a missed “t” in “cattail” caused Dylan to misstep. Tristan claimed the championship by correctly spelling “mangrove” in the 16th round, and then followed up by correctly spelling “conductor” as the championship word.

This year’s bee was hosted by Osage City Middle School. OCMS teacher Kathy Reed served as announcer. Jeanette Stromgren, Brian Stromgren, and Darcy Keefe served as judges.

2020 Osage County spelling bee contestants were, from left, Taneal Stevenson, Dylan Theel, Nathan Roll, Sawyer Dorsey, Tristan Spangler, Colt Jones, Samantha Cole, Lyla Sterbenz, Olivia Lacey, and Emily Criqui.

 
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