First place winner Maxfield Brevick, at left, second place winner Larissa Martin, center, and third place winner Jeana Chapman show off their ribbons.
First place winner Maxfield Brevick, at left, second place winner Larissa Martin, center, and third place winner Jeana Chapman show off their ribbons.
Take note of the bee and the factoid eruption!

Teachers condoned the intuitive, dashing landmark in their students' education as the Chatfield Elementary School hosted its annual spelling bee on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

"I think I like this because it's an academic contest, and the students are very excited to be here," shared teacher Kathy Hanson. "I'm also very excited because we had two sixth graders trading off at the end, too."

During the Scripps School Spelling Bee students "reveal"-ed that they were able to spell out words both "curious" and "archaic," as well as those that were "whiskery" and "parliamentary."

Competing in this year's spelling bee were fifth through eighth grade students, including Ann Warren, Maxfield Brevick, Mitchell Stailey, Blair Crouch, Katie Ihrke, Larissa Martin, Josh Walsh, Kadin Hill, Devann Harris, Jack Tuohy, Jeana Chapman and Emma Shaffer.

Parents and classmates gathered as an audience for the bee, which began with simple words such as "off" and graduated in difficulty to "factoid" and "eruption" by the fifth round. The words became so much harder to spell by the tenth round, when only Brevick, Martin and Chapman remained, sparring with spelling out "preposterous," "audacious" and "emulate."

Chapman dropped out at the 13th round, earning third place and applause from the audience. Martin and Brevick continued to the 21st round, ending with Martin tackling the word "stenographer" and Brevick, "cauterize," closing the bee and placing Martin in second and Brevick in first.

Hanson congratulated all the students on their impressive spelling skills, thanking them for entering. She noted that Brevick will compete in the regional spelling bee on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Southeast Service Cooperative in Rochester, where he will attempt to out-spell students from school districts throughout southeastern Minnesota. The students will all be hoping to "pineapple" "cucumber" and "planetarium" their way to the state spelling bee, and maybe, just maybe, to the national bee in Washington, D.C.