Waupaca 4th grader Alexandria Johnson (left) took home first place at the CESA 5 Regional Spelling Bee at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium on Feb. 21. Johnson defeated Waupaca 7th grader Emily Bauer after 19 rounds, including two rounds of vocabulary. Johnson moves on to the State Spelling Bee, which will be held on March 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mitby Theater.

Wild Rose hosts CESA 5 Regional Spelling Bee

Freezing rain and icy-road conditions delayed the CESA 5 Regional Spelling Bee competition in Wild Rose a day, but CESA 5 schools were able to determine a state qualifier on Feb. 21.

Almond-Bancroft, Stevens Point, Tomorrow River, Tri-County, Waupaca, Wautoma and Wild Rose School Districts represent Region 2 of the four CESA 5 Districts, and 17 students geared up for spelling and vocabulary action, 19 rounds in all.

Wild Middle/High School Principal Chris Nelson served as the pronouncer, while Debbie Caves, Dawn Jewell and Liz Dohr were the judges. Four participants went out in the second round, two in the third and fourth rounds, one in the sixth, the in the seventh and one in the eighth, ninth and 11th rounds to leave two contestants.

Alexandra Johnson and Emily Bauer of the Waupaca School District were the two competing for eight rounds to see who would go to the state competition.

It came down to the word sphinx, with Bauer misspelling the word. Johnson spelled it correctly and then spelled disquisition correctly. With the win, Johnson will now compete at the State Spelling Bee on March 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mitby Theater.

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