Monterey County celebrates its champion speller.  

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Monterey County Office of Education

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Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Paul Hamrick Finishes Tied for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Paul Hamrick Finishes Tied for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Friday, Jun 1, 2018

Great job Paul Hamrick! Balloons and bees and MCOE logo. Monterey County Student Finishes Tied for 7th in National Bee

For the first time ever, Monterey County's Spelling Bee Champion competed in the evening Finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee began earlier this week in Washington D.C., with 519 students in the preliminaries. On Thursday, 41 spellers began the first-round of Finals (Round 4) and Round 8 ended with 16 Finalists.

Paul correctly spelled two words in Rounds 9 and 10 (soubresaut and binnacle), but missed his Round 11 word (fourrier) by one letter.

Going out in Round 11, Paul tied for 7th place!

This is the first time in 23 years of the Monterey County Bee that a Monterey County Champion has made it to the evening Finals. Paul represented Monterey County in last year’s National Bee and made it to the morning Finals, completing the Bee in 35th place.

Paul, an eighth grader from Monterey, is 14 years old and attends Lambert Hamrick Homeschool.

We are so incredibly proud of Paul and know he has a lifetime of success in front of him! Great job!

For an album of photos courtesy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, please visit our Facebook page here.