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Bickford earns Spelling Bee title at AFES

Participants earning top two finishes in the Au Sable Forks Spelling Bee included, from left, Emily Remillard, Alice Bickford, Kassidy Robare, Mylea Goodman, Lucas Tardif and Jenna Stanley.

Participants earning top two finishes in the Au Sable Forks Spelling Bee included, from left, Emily Remillard, Alice Bickford, Kassidy Robare, Mylea Goodman, Lucas Tardif and Jenna Stanley.

— Before they get to Washington, D.C., they start out in their hometown venues.

For three Au Sable Forks Elementary School students, their schools’ Spelling Bee has them her one step closer to competing for the national title.

Sixth grader Alice Bickford claimed the title of AFES overall school spelling champ Jan. 21 as part of the local spelling bee. Mylea Goodman was the fifth grade champion, while Lucas Tardif took home the title in fourth grade.

“All students in grades four five and six took a written test last week and the finalists competed in the oral bee at school,” AFES Principal Ginene Mason said. “The winners of each grade level get to participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, held on the evening of March 7 at Moriah Central School. The winner of this bee will travel all expenses paid to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.”

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual contest pitting the top spellers in the country against each other in an event that has reached almost cult-status, being broadcast annually on the ESPN family of networks.

Second place finishers at AFES included Jenna Stanley (fourth grade), Kassidy Robare (fifth) and Emily Remillard (sixth).

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