Tuesday’s (1-23-18) Blatchley Spelling Bee at the Sitka Public Library turned into a word-for-word showdown between Addie Poulson and Zoe Trafton. Powering through words like “labyrinthine,” the dual was finally decided when Poulson tripped on “lichenous” and Trafton then correctly spelled “translucent” for the win!
In what was one of the most tightly-contested spelling bees in recent memory, 27 grade-level finalists at Blatchley Middle School in Sitka spelled their way to word no. 208 on the official Scripps National Spelling Bee list Wednesday night (1-15-14). In the end it boiled down to eighth-grader Kyle Vidad and defending champion Abigail Fitzgibbon. The two went head-to-head for eight rounds, until Fitzgibbon tripped on "matriculation" and Vidad successfully spelled "smithereens" to win the round, and then "aerodynamic" to win the championship. Test a friend on these words Abby and Kyle spelled with nearly one-hundred fans looking on: