Tates Creek eighth-grader qualifies for a national spelling bee
An eighth-grader at Tates Creek Middle School, Joey Ilagan, won the annual University of Kentucky Spelling Bee on the final word “toxicosis.” As a regional winner, he qualifies to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 28-June 3 outside Washington in National Harbor, Md.
The March 4 contest at UK, sponsored by Merriam-Webster, started with 19 spellers – all champions from their school or home school. Students from Central, South Central, and Eastern Kentucky were eligible for this bee, held at the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in UK’s School of Journalism and Media. By the ninth round, the contest was down to three finalists. Zach Chilcott, a seventh-grader at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, tied for second place.
For questions, contact bee moderator Mike Farrell at UK.
Way to go Joey! You are an LEX18 Champion of Change!
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