The winning word was “typhoon” at the Union County Spelling Bee and West Union student Annabelle Botts took home the prize money and the winning title.
Many parents, friends, family members, and teachers showed up at the packed Union County Courthouse Tuesday night to watch the 22 contestants spell words repeatedly until some had to take a seat with their family and friends in the audience.
The top five spellers were Annabelle Botts, winner, Maggie McElhaney, second place, Joseph Rutherford, third place, Alexis Barnes, and R. J. Rutherford.
The top ten words were ventilate, hinterland, manicure, fidelity, necessary, adobe, renovate, typhoon, and for the third place tie-breaker, the words were periscope and mathematics, with “mathematics” being the tie-breaking word. “Renovate” was the second place winner’s word.
The three winners received cash from the American Legion Potter-Henry-Lowrey Post 72, one of the sponsors of the event. The first place winner received $50 in cash and the second and third place winners received $25 cash each.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 72, another sponsor of the event, and the Junior Auxiliary of New Albany also contributed in ways to the Spelling Bee.
The pronouncer was Anna Quinn and the judges were Pat Kennedy, Susan Tate, and Bob Monroe.
Annabelle Botts, 13, is an eighth grader at West Union Attendance Center. She is the daughter of Brandy Holden and Mitchell Botts.
Maggie McElhaney, 11, fifth grader at New Albany Elementary School, is the daughter of Steve and Latesha McElhaney and Angie Bass.
Joseph Rutherford, 11, sixth grader at New Albany Middle School, is the son of Ross and Beverly Rutherford.