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Carson Rusell reacts after misspelling a word at the PLTMS spelling bee.

P-A-R-A-L-Y-S-I-S Spells Winner (photos)

00:00 AM January 22, 2018

It took 16 rounds and 90 minutes, but Dutch Crady said it was all worth it.  Crady, a 13 year old eighth grader at PLTMS, won the school's spelling bee last week by spelling the word, paralysis.

The 16 participants of the spelling bee show off the snazzy t-shirts
and certificates they earned for being in the finals round of the bee.


The bee had not been held in several years, so three PLTMS teachers, Emily Higgins, Julie Davison, and Melanie Demay decided it was time to resurrect the event.


(l-r) Ally Wisely- 2nd, Dutch Crady- 1st, and Olivia Purvis- 3rd.

The 16 students who participated had to complete several steps before making it to the final competition.  Some of the requirements including, a written test and practice sessions during lunch hour. 

Crady said he was,"scared and worried," during the competition, but that is was fun as well.  He added that he hadn't studied a lot, but admitted to being an avid reader and is currently reading a Dean Koontz novel. 

Dutch Crady reacts after winning the PLTMS
spelling bee last week.


He will now compete in a regional competition in Dixon, Illinois on February 22nd, which will have students representing several schools from Lee, Whiteside, and Ogle Counties.  The winner will win a trip to the national Scripps Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C..


7th grader Ally Wisely took second place and will serve as alternate.  6th grader Olivia Purvis took third and was the top finishing 6th grader.


Demay also hopes that the event will stir interest in the school's Quiz Bowl team, that will start in the next month. 



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