Could you spell the word “vernacular?” Hannah Notebaart, seventh grade student at North Branch Area Middle School, knew how to spell this championship word and many more. She was crowned school champion at the NBAMS spelling bee Jan. 30.
Twenty-two of the school’s top spellers competed in the whole school spelling bee with friends and family watching. The competition lasted 16 rounds, with eighth grader Roger Wyman and Notebaart going the last 11 rounds against each other. Notebaart correctly spelled her word in round 15 after Wyman misspelled, and she then successfully spelled vernacular to become school champion.
Former teacher Nancy Boyce served as announcer for the school bee. The head judge was Carol Fletcher, and the other assistant was Traci Besch.
Notebaart will go on to represent NBAMS at the regional spelling bee put on by Resource Training & Solutions Feb. 13.