6th grader wins North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee

6th grader wins North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee
Photo Courtesy:   North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee

Sixth-grade North Idaho Home Educators Association student Joseph Moran is headed to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

Moran out-spelled 35 other 4th-8th grade students from the five northern counties in Idaho, becoming the 15th annual North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Champion.

Some of the words he correctly spelled include ‘arachnid,’ and ‘surveillance.’ The first runner-up, seventh-grade Sandpoint Middle School student Urielle Abad, slipped up on the word ‘narcissistic.’

This year’s bee, hosted at North Idaho College, went 26 rounds.

“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.

Moran will now receive an all-expense paid trip to the national bee at the end of May near Washington, D.C., provided by the North Idaho Regional Bee’s sponsor, Hagadone Newspapers.

Moran also received a Samuel Louis Sugarman Award Certificate, a one-year membership to Britannica Online Premium edition, a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online, a plaque, a medallion and a North Idaho College events pass for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Top 5 North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee placings were as follows:

Placing Eliminated Participant Grade District School

1 st place Joseph Moran 6 th Home NIHEA Home School

2 nd place (Round 25) Urielle Abad 7 th Lake Pend Oreille Sandpoint MS

3 rd place (Round 12) Emma Fisch 6 th Charter CdA Charter Acad.

4 th place (Round 8) Ashlyn Craigie 5 th Coeur d’Alene Ramsey Magnet School

5 th place (Round 7) Riley Peite 7 th Coeur d’Alene Woodland MS