Zachary crowned county spelling bee champ

Mikaela Koski
Thursday, February 28, 2019
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            Emily Zachary

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      MaKenzie Sheils 

With “inertia,” Emily Zachary is the champion of the Stillwater County Spelling Bee.

It took Zachary, a Columbus sixth-grader, seven rounds to beat her competitors and take the title.

The fight for second place turned out to be the nail-biter. Absarokee’s Nila Dawson, Columbus’s MaKenzie Sheils and Cody Ruprecht all duked it out for the second place plaque.

Dawson lasted for two rounds, but Sheils and Ruprecht went head-to-head for 16 more. In the 25th round, Sheils came out on top, earning second place with the word “seersucker” (a type of fabric).

There were 21 students representing four Stillwater County communities at the bee held in Columbus last week – 11 from Columbus, six Absarokee Huskies, three representing Rapelje, and one from Fishtail.

Zachary, as the Stillwater champion, has earned the opportunity to compete in the Montana State Spelling Bee in Billings on Saturday, March 16. Sheils will serve as the county’s alternate.

The winner of the state bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the end of May in Maryland.