Congratulations to Norwich Middle School’s Leona Tyler, who competed in the 17th annual Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater.
Two-time NMS champion Leona, a seventh-grader, made it to the fourth round of the Regional Spelling Bee. Leona correctly spelled “average,” “behest,” and “crescent” before stumbling on “discipline” in Round 4.
The bee went five more rounds, with the field of 20 trimmed to two in Round 9. After a miss by runner-up Meghan Hadley of Delhi, Melodie Loya of Sidney LEAH rattled off “irony” and “lucid” to clinch her third straight Regional Spelling Bee championship.
Melodie will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., this summer. Travel expenses for Melodie and one adult chaperone will be paid by The Daily Star with the support of event sponsors.
The Daily Star Managing Editor Robert Cairns served as Master of Ceremonies for the Regional Spelling Bee, which featured remarks by ONC BOCES District Superintendent Nicholas Savin and Coordinator Martha Ryan of DCMO BOCES. Savin and The Daily Star Publisher Fred Scheller handed out awards to all 20 contestants.