PHOTOS: State Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts

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  • Anna Hammer from Timberlane Regional Middle School gets a kiss from her mother Amy after winning the 2019 State Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The contest is preliminary to the Scripps National Spelling Bee and was sponsored by the Union Leader. Hammer is from Danville. “It feels amazing. I didn’t even pass the preliminary test last year so this feels great.” GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Anna Hammer from Timberline Regional Middle School after winning the 2019 State Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 23, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Marshall Carey-Matthews (left) from Merrimack Valley Middle School and Oliver Andrews from Andover Elementary School watch as another contestant spells a word at the State Spelling Bee at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Both students made it into the final among 33 contestants. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Thomas Shepard from Kearsarge Regional Middle School spells a word at the State Spelling Bee held at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 23, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/23/2019 10:27:36 PM

As the final eight state Spelling Bee contestants moved up to the front row, Anna Hammer sat in the first seat and looked to her left. The other seven were boys. But after spelling crambo, meaning a silly or second-rate rhyme or rhyming, Hammer stood alone on stage as the 2019 champion with a chance to go on to the preliminary competition for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Hammer, a student at Timberlane Regional Middle School in Plaistow, was excited about the progress she’s made since last year.

“It feels amazing. I didn’t even pass the preliminary test last year so this feels great,” Hammer said.

There were five contestants from local schools out of the 33 finalists at the Capitol Center for Arts sponsored by the Union Leader of Manchester. Oliver Andrews from Andover Elementary, Marshall Carey-Matthews from Merrimack Valley Middle School, Thomas Shepard from Kearsarge Regional Middle School, Beni Griffin of Winnisquam Regional Middle School, and Lauren Meade of Henniker Community School all qualified for the finals.

First place: Anna Hammer – Timberlane Regional Middle School 

Runner-up: Scott Arthur (Trey) Grant III – Merrimack Middle School

Finalists (in no order): 

Lance Makabali – Cooperative Middle School 

Marshall Carey-Matthews – Merrimack Valley Middle School

Sophia Benenati – New Hampshire Homeschoolers

Yash Patel – Main Dunstable School, Nashua

Emma DiGennaro – Captain Samuel Douglass Academy

Lauren Meade – Henniker Community School

Jessica Brown - Henry Wilson Memorial School

Gauri Valiyodiyil – Windham Middle School

Natalie Liston – Hollis-Brookline Middle School

Aubrey Conant – Charlestown Middle School

Dashua Ough – Thornton Central School 

Beni Griffin – Winnisquam Regional Middle School

Nabiha Chowdhury – Seabrook Middle School 

Maxinne Cardenas – Rochester Middle School 

Sabrina Sterrett – Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School

Thomas Shepherd – Kearsarge Regional Middle School 

Uladzimir Danilovich – Fairgrounds Middle School 

Abhinav Vadali – Ross A. Lurgio Middle School

Emily Currie – Hampton Academy 

Advika Govindaraju – McKelvie Intermediate School

Jacob Lydon – Milford Middle School 

Rhys Roberts – Indian River School 

Oliver Andrews – Andover Elementary School 

Kamara Williams – Rye Junior High School 

Martin Cardine – St. Joseph Regional School

Tyler Young – Colebrook Elementary School

Soumya Dharani – Hudson Memorial School 

Fiona Liu – Idlehurst Elementary School 

Ishanvi Sharma – MicroSociety Academy Charter School

Coral Gouin – Portsmouth Middle School 

Tej Patel – Elm Street Middle School 




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