Over 30 students from District 60 participated in a spelling bee Wednesday afternoon.
"Confidence. C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-C-E. Confidence," said one of the spellers.
And confidence is exactly what the 38 students needed as one by one the sixth through eighth graders took the microphone.
Four finalists from each school were selected to participate in the bee.
The students spelled various words including “poi, “slaughter”, “mathematics”, and much more.
It was single elimination, meaning if they misspelled a word they could no longer compete. Then when it came down to the last two, they would compete back and forth until one missed a word. When that happened, the other competitor would have to spell that word and another word in order to win.
Dillon Wolf of Roncalli Middle School won the spelling bee with the word “galleria”.
In second place was Marc Santana from Heaton Middle School and in third was Vincent Valdez, also from Heaton.
The top ten finalists from the bee will get the chance to compete in the state spelling bee to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on March 10. The 72nd annual state competition is sponsored by the Denver Post.
Here are the others 7 contestants who will compete:
Isaac Clouston, Pitts Middle
Dean Gardiner, Goodnight Elementary
So Ye Han, Corwin International Magnet
Kaylene Khosla, Roncalli Middle
Hayden Olmstead, Corwin International Magnet
Sydney Ortega, Corwin International Magnet
George Sullivan, Heaton Middle
The state finalist will participate in the National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C.