By Luke Baynes
Williston Central School took third place in a barnburner of a spelling bee Saturday morning, with just four points separating the competition’s top three finishers.
“The bee was very exciting,” said WCS enrichment teacher and spelling bee coach Cris Milks. “They did an awesome job. Losing by two points means losing by one word.”
The Vermont Principals’ Association regional fifth and sixth grade competition, one of five that were held around the state on Saturday, was hosted by Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, which finished second with 126 points, compared to WCS’ 124 points.
The big winner was South Burlington’s Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, which garnered 128 points and advances to the state championships to compete against four other schools.
Although fifth and sixth grade students were eligible for the team, the WCS squad was comprised of all fifth-graders: Baker Angstman, Naomi Diamond, Camille Menard, Grayson Moore, Kieran Tharp and Allie Zouck.
Milks said the team was “really committed” and often met during lunchtime to prepare for the event. She said that just to get to the regional bee was an accomplishment, as WCS had to knock off Hinesburg Community School, Charlotte Central School and Shelburne Community School in a Chittenden South Supervisory Union contest on Oct. 3.
“I think they were a little disappointed not to win, but I think at the end of the day they had a lot of fun and are looking forward to next year,” Milks said.