Ryan spells her way to regional bee

Lisa Ingebrand, lrnews@frontiernet.net

Fifth grade spellers (seated, left to right) Paul Juarez, Murphy McNamara, Nolan O’Malley, Elizabeth Skluzacek, Cooper Sladek, and Taelynn Whipps watch as Faith Pedroza spells a word at the podium during TCU’s 2023 District Spelling Bee on Jan. 12. (Lisa Ingebrand photo)

A fifth grader and an eighth grader were the last two Titans standing in the district’s 2023 Spelling Bee on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 12. The competition was held at TCU Montgomery’s auditorium.

Fifth grader Taelynn Whipps held her own in the championship round, which put her up against TCU’s top spellers in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, but ultimately, eighth grader Madelyn Ryan, daughter of Stephanie and Jeff Ryan of Le Center, clinched the win by correctly spelling “engagement,” followed by “restoration.”

Twenty-six students participated in the bee.

Nine 5th grade spellers took to the stage first. They included: Paul Juarez, Lillie Lassahn, Murphy McNamara, Nolan O’Malley, Faith Pedroza, Elizabeth Skluzacek....

To see more on this story pick up the January 19, 2023 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 


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