MEXICO – T-r-u-c-u-l-e-n-t-l-y.
That was the word student Autumn Warring spelled correctly to win the Mexico Middle School spelling bee after she edged out 14 competitors in the final MMS rounds held recently in the auditorium.
Principal Kim Holliday served as pronouncer, as she provided the word, definition and sentence before the student had an opportunity to spell their word.
Teachers Ashley Riordan and Cathy Shawcross were judges who informed students if they correctly spelled their word.
Additional participating students included: Kayla Reed, Jacob Poissant, Kieran Henderson, Cosette Laffan, Maria Vazquez, Jacob Gates, Liam Killian, Avery Mack, Journey Girard, Ethan Rhoads, Bill Mills, Logan Haynes, Tyler Samson and Devon Walker.
The spelling bee began with the word “chapel” and the level of difficulty increased with each round.
Ultimately, Warring was named the school champion while Cosette Laffan, Tyler Samson and Avery Mack were named finalists.
Those four students have advanced to The Post Standard/WCNY 2017 Spelling Bee written test on Jan. 13 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
If a Mexico student is named one of the Top 35 at that competition, he or she will advance to the WCNY studio in Syracuse where the student would participate in a televised, final round spelling bee for Central New York youngsters.