Louisa County Middle School eighth grader Lucy Montana took home the first place trophy for the 2019 Louisa County Public Schools Spelling Bee on Jan. 23. The victory marked her second consecutive year finishing in the top spot of the school division’s annual Spelling Bee.
Montana’s triumph came in one of the longest LCPS Spelling Bees in recent memory, lasting 17 rounds and nearly one hour.
The field of 30 spellers was narrowed down to just three by the fifth round, with Montana and her fellow LCMS classmates Maeve Myers and Hannah Ryan vying for the title. Myers was tripped up by the word “fiery” in the ninth round, and Ryan misspelled “vibrato” in the sixteenth round.
During the trio’s competition for the top spot, they successfully rolled through several unique words, such as “muumuu,” “boutique,” “canasta,” and “praline.”
Afterwards, Superintendent Doug Straley commended all of the competitors for their performance.
“Every one of the students that participated here tonight was a champion,” Straley said. “They earned their right to be here. I’m so proud of all of them for the hard work and long hours of studying they put in, and it showed, because they did a fantastic job.”
Indeed, the spellers who participated were more than qualified. In total, more than 1,500 Louisa County Public School students competed to qualify for a spot in the bee, with LCMS and all four elementary schools hosting their own bees. The 30 contestants in the 2019 LCPS Spelling Bee earned their spot by finishing as the first or second-place speller in their grade level.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Jan. 31, 2019 issue.