MIDDLEBURY-Sixth-grader Meigan Clark of the Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury became the Vermont state spelling champ on March 16.
She successfully spelled the word "scurrilous"-making or spreading scandalous claims about someone-at the Vermont State Individual Spelling Bee competition held at the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester.
In the end, Clark outdid her closest competitor Samantha Storz of Kirby, a student at the Stevens School of Peacham, in the 31st round. When Storz stumbled on spelling the word "manteau"-a loose cloak or mantle-Clark became the victor.
Clark was the winner of a new laptop, a trophy, and the chance to attend the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., held in May.
The bee was sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education, Vermont Principals' Association, Vermont Humanities Council, St. Michael's College, Burlington Free Press, FairPoint Communications and Dunkin Donuts.
Elementary and middle school students (through grade 8) under the age of 16 were eligible to participate in this competition. Students from across Vermont who participated in the bee have already competed in their regional bees this winter.
All of the 42 students who compete in the national spelling bee will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to the $12,000 championship prize.
Following her Vermont victory, Clark began preparing for the national bee in Washington. The big event will include a much longer and more complex list of words.
Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d?
2011 Vermont State Spelling Bee Participants
Albany Community School - Gratia Rowell
Albert D Lawton Intermediate School - Kathleen Young
Barnard Academy - Julia Gouvin-Moffat
Blue Mountain Union School - Lauren Lamberton
Bridport Central School - Joanna Barrett
Brighton Elementary School - Coopere Densmore
Camels Hump Middle School - Jonathan Fisher
Charlotte Central School - Abigail Postlewaite
Christ The King School - Sophia Moore-Smith