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Cedar Lee Seventh Grader Wins County Spelling Bee

February 8, 2022

Cedar Lee Middle School seventh-grader Anna Snyder survived seven rounds to win Fauquier County Public Schools’ Sixteenth Annual Division Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 5, at Fauquier High School. 

All 11 elementary schools, all five middle schools, and the FCPS Virtual Academy held school bees in recent weeks. They sent 45 students to participate in the county bee, which was held before an auditorium filled with parents, siblings, grandparents, principals, teachers, family and friends. 

Judges for the division spelling bee included FCPS Elementary Language Arts Coordinator Kathy Crane, and literacy coaches, Amy Fields and Megan Howland. Taylor Middle school reading specialist John Lucas was the school division’s bee coordinator, and Steven Payne, FCPS supervisor for secondary English, was the pronouncer. 

Little by little, spellers were stumped, the bell rang to signal a misspelling, and the field of participants narrowed. Throughout the first six rounds, the spellers conquered words such as “primordial,” ”quatrains,” “Kaddish” and “brocade”.  

In round seven, Anna Snyder spelled the word “paternalism” correctly, to clinch the win. Principal Leah Shorb, spelling bee coordinator, Paige Gehrke, and teacher Bill Hanlon will welcome the trophy to Cedar Lee Middle School.

A Marshall Middle School eighth-grader, Ben Perkins was the bee’s runner-up. As winner and runner-up of the competition, Anna and Ben will advance to the 17th Annual Free Lance-Star Regional Spelling Bee to be held in March. The regional winner will advance to the 95th

Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor during the week of Memorial Day 2022.