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Twenty of the county’s best spellers progressed one word at a time to narrow it down to one winner during Thursday’s 57th annual Knox County Spelling Bee. Fredericktown’s Brandon Cobb, shown far right, was named champion after Round 16. Request this photo


MOUNT VERNON — Compound words, plural words, words with double letters, diphthongs, multisyllabic words, words with double vowels and silent letters were all heard Thursday during the 57th annual Knox County Spelling Bee.

Eighteen champion spellers from each of the county schools started in Round 1, and fielded challenges such as “burglarious,” “conflagration” and “silhouetted.” By Round 9, only five contestants remained in the match and it was down to three finalists in Round 11.

Then things got serious with words some of the adults in the audience had trouble getting correct (as they admitted after the match). Prestidigitation, constabulary, pugnacious and phosphine were correctly spelled words, but nautilus tripped up a speller in Round 14 and left Brandon Cobb and Molly Gebhardt to go head-to-head in rounds 15 and 16.


Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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