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PHOTOS: Epsom Central School students get to s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g

  • Eighth grader Nick Allard misses a word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Eighth grader Nick Allard misses a word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.
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  • Seventh grader Daphne Beauchesne waits as Assistant Principal Brian Beaverstock reads her word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Seventh grader Daphne Beauchesne waits as Assistant Principal Brian Beaverstock reads her word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.
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  • Sixth grader Hayden Drew pauses before spelling his word as he competes in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    Sixth grader Hayden Drew pauses before spelling his word as he competes in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.
    SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • From left to right, Aubrey Lavigne, Jake Sherman, Daphne Beauchesne, Avis Baker, and Harrison Bergerson compete in the final rounds of Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

    From left to right, Aubrey Lavigne, Jake Sherman, Daphne Beauchesne, Avis Baker, and Harrison Bergerson compete in the final rounds of Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.
    SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Eighth grader Nick Allard misses a word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • Seventh grader Daphne Beauchesne waits as Assistant Principal Brian Beaverstock reads her word in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • Sixth grader Hayden Drew pauses before spelling his word as he competes in Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff
  • From left to right, Aubrey Lavigne, Jake Sherman, Daphne Beauchesne, Avis Baker, and Harrison Bergerson compete in the final rounds of Epsom Central School's Spelling Bee; Wednesday January 23, 2013.<br/>SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Epsom Central School hosted a spelling bee for students in grades 5 through 8. Each English class held its own spelling bee, with the top 2 students from each class competing on Wednesday. Assistant Principal Brian Beaverstock hosted the event reading words to the students that got more challenging as the competition progressed. Steven Patterson, a 6th and 7th grade reading teacher, and Kathy Conway a 6th and 7th grade writing teacher judged the students based on the Scripps spelling bee rules. Fifth grader Ashley Gatchell won the competition, she said she did not prepare for the spelling bee but she is an avid reader which she said was a huge help.

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