On January 25th, the Daniel Boone Middle School auditorium was silent as Maynard Overdorf stood at the microphone. Students were on the edges of their seats, waiting for the winning word to be announced. Confidently, Maynard spelled out “misanthropy,” declaring him the winner of the 2017 Spelling Bee.
Overdorf, a seventh-grader, beat 27 other competitors and went through 15 rounds to reach the end of the bee. The runner-up was fellow seventh-grader, Zach Kane.
When asked how he felt when he won, Manyard said, “Kinda numb for about a minute.”
The Bee was held in the DBMS auditorium where Mrs. Jenny Rexrode, the school’s principal, announced each word for every student. Once students spelled a word, Mrs. Jennifer Schurr, along with Mrs. Valorie Thompson and Mrs. Jennifer Dawson, would declare the spelling to be correct or incorrect.
“It was just luck,” said Overdorf, who advanced to the Berks County Spelling Bee at Reading Area Community College on March 13.
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SEVENTH GRADE: Connor Bonelli, Miranda Dyer, Reese McDonald, Ewan Munteanu, Sarah Reinhart, Katie Sarro, Shawn Selbst.
SIXTH GRADE: Erica Baehser, Sofia Bischof, Jeff Dieteman, Abigail Dise, Xavier Marrero, Anthony Melcher, Ian Oister, Antonio Rulli, Molly Schappell.