Monterey County Speller Advances to National Finals

Finals will air live on ESPN Thursday, May 31st at 8:30 p.m. EST. 

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Monterey County Speller Advances to National Finals

Monterey County Speller Advances to National Finals

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Contact: Jessica Hull, Communications and Public Relations Officer | 831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)

 

UPDATE: May 31, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.


Washington, D.C. – For the first time ever, Monterey County's Spelling Bee Champion is headed to 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. Today, 41 spellers began the first-round of Finals (Round 4) and Round 8 ended with 16 Finalists.

Paul has competed in eight total rounds (Round 1 being a written test) and correctly spelled the following words:

  1. hawok
  2. rubricate
  3. girasol
  4. bibliopole
  5. astilbe
  6. adiaphonon
  7. orrisroot

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.

Watch for Paul, who is Speller Number 72, as the Spelling Bee airs live tonight (May 31st) on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Fingers crossed it's Paul with that winning t-r-o-p-h-y!

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Washington, D.C. – Thrilling news out of Washington D.C.! Monterey County's Spelling Bee Champion, Paul Hamrick, is once again headed to the Finals.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee began earlier this week in Washington D.C., with 515 students in the preliminaries. Today, 452 spellers began Round Two, but only 321 spellers completed the round. In Round Two this morning, Paul correctly spelled the word rubricate and in Round One yesterday afternoon, he correctly spelled the word hawok. Forty-one finalists were selected after taking a written test and correctly spelling words in Rounds One and Two.

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

Watch for Paul, who is Speller Number 72, as the Spelling Bee resumes tomorrow (May 31st) live on ESPN2 at 10 a.m. ET. The second round will air on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET when a champion is declared.

Fingers crossed it's Paul with that winning t-r-o-p-h-y!

 

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